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Sharing the title of "Rooster"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Year of the Rooster, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    I have a bunch of cockerels that I received from bantam straight run, 3 sebrights and 4 silkies. I'm only keeping one of each with the hens I have, there are 3 sebright hens and 3 silkie hens, and also 1 BA, 1 BR, 1 RIR, and 1 EE hen. Most of the time, i'll let all of then hens out and the two roosters that I am keeping. From what I've seen, the silkie roo I have chosen is more intent on mating with the pullets while the sebright seems more intent on keeping watching and "showing" them food. I've seen the sebright do a rooster dance now and again but he hasn't tried mounting or chasing them. These roos were raised together from day-olds, so is it possible that maybe they are sharing the role of rooster? Or is one just more dominant than the other? Just something I noticed while outside today.
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    One will always be the Alpha no mater how subtle the difference is.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Even if you don't see it there is a pecking order. The lower males will mate the females if given a chance. Hatch enough eggs and you be surprised what you get. With 2 males freely mixed with your hens you can never be sure any hatching eggs will be pure for a particular breed.
     
  4. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    So would this indicate that my silkie is the lower one? It's funny to watch him chase the sebright hens because the fly away before he can even catch them [​IMG]
     

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