roosters ganging up on hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cactus-hen, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. cactus-hen

    cactus-hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two young adult BR roosters. They leave the coop first and wait outside the door for the hens to leave the coop. When a hen comes out, first the dominate rooster mates with her than the other rooster take his turn. They don't seem to bother the hens their age,(7 mos) just the hens that are 1 year and older. It has gotten so bad that the older hens stay in the coop until I make them leave. They don't come out even to eat. I have 11 hens, 3 older pullets (7 mos), 2 young adult cockerels/roosters, 3 young pullets and 4 young cockerels. Is there anything I can do to help those poor hens?
     
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    You don't have enough mature breeding-age hens for 1 rooster, much less 2.

    One rooster can service up to a dozen hens by himself!
    I personally don't have a problem with my 1 roo covering just my 4 hens, but it will vary depending on the rooster's personality. Also, with two roosters not only is there two wanting to do their thing, but they may be "competing" at it so to speak.

    I think you will need to separate the roosters from the flock, because they are obviously terrorizing your hens!
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  4. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The answer is obvious! Rooster freezer camp or bbQ....I had the similiar problem and had to get rid of some roos for the health and stress levels of my girls.
     

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