Roosters Living in One House

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spies04, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. spies04

    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi - we have two roosters that have lived together for quite some time. We have one dominant and the other is very passive. The dominant one was recently sick and has been separated for about two months now. I am concerned trying to put them back together; the passive rooster may now decide he likes being the boss. Any thoughts on how to acclimate them together? They are kept inside a lot now because it is so cold in Minnesota. thanks!
     
  2. Makomd

    Makomd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If possible I would put them beside each other for a week or so to get reacquainted. In my experience no matter what you do there will be a battle for supremacy and I would only separate after that if a lot of blood is drawn. Sometimes I will see a few nicks on the combs, but I leave them if it is a little and battle is usually over at that point.
     
  3. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds reasonable. I have hiding options just in case. Once the pecking order is established they are fine. Sometimes it takes a month or two.
     
  4. spies04

    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!! I will try that.
     
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    If the two lower-order roos are used to being lower, the scuffle may be fairly half-hearted. I have three boys housed with 50 hens. Every spring, we have rooster fights. They only last one day, and then the big boss roo kicks some little roo butt, and all is fine for another year. You really only have to worry about blood. Pulled feathers and pecked combs are pretty par for the course, and only matter for show stock.

    You should have a good idea of how bad the fighting will be if you put him in a cage near the others for a day or two. They'll fuss through the bars a lot if they're feeling ornery.

    Also, as long as the loser can get away from a rooster fight, it will be OK. Make sure they have enough room, and, as previously stated, places for the loser to hide/get away, and they should be OK.
     
  6. spies04

    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds great - thank you!! Both of our boys try to be tougher than they actually are. We think one of the roo is actually a girl because the hens boss him around [​IMG]
     

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