Roosters living together and small hen size?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by slpmom, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. slpmom

    slpmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Good Morning. We have 6 chickens-- all raised together since birth. Two of the chickens (we started noticing from the start) that they were possibly roosters. Well, one of them just started crowing so it is now confirmed!

    Question- if the other one is a rooster (which I'm sure he is), will they always get along like they do? They free range normally about 18 hours a day. I was reading that roosters need more hens then I have--is that correct? If so, how do I add more hens to my flock safely? Thanks!
     
  2. tkodad

    tkodad Out Of The Brooder

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    I add new chickens all the time the best way
    I found is a split coop basically divide coop
    With chicken wire so they get used to each other
    After A couple weeks I put them together there's a
    Little pecking order adjustments but not to the point
    Of injury as far as multiple roosters my black copper
    Maran and white leghorn are like best friends
    Their always together!
     
  3. tkodad

    tkodad Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh and as far as rooster to hen ratio I'm not sure
    But my two roosters seem to be one chick
    Sorta men the each have their own lady
    And don't seem to care too much about the
    Other 20 hens around them they take particularly
    Good care of those 2 and ignore the rest
    Mabee it's just mine
     
  4. tkodad

    tkodad Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh and as far as rooster to hen ratio I'm not sure
    But my two roosters seem to be one chick
    Sorta men the each have their own lady
    And don't seem to care too much about the
    Other 20 hens around them they take particularly
    Good care of those 2 and ignore the rest
    Mabee it's just mine
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    What breeds are your chickens? Their general temperament can help you determine how many hens they should live with. My Silkie boys are super docile. I keep one roo with about 5/6 hens. He can't really handle more than that. My EEs, Orps, Cochin roos have been much more active. I'd never give them less than a dozen hens. And even then, some hens would have feathers worn off their backs.
    You could make them a bachelor coop and let them free range together. But, 4 hens is likely not going to be enough for even just one of those boys. Good luck, I love my roosters. Its hard to let them go :/
     

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