Should I seperate my roosters from my hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Farmergyrl23, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Farmergyrl23

    Farmergyrl23 Out Of The Brooder

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    We purchased 5 chicks in August and were told they were all hens, come to find out we ended up with 4 roosters and 1 hen! I notice them nudging my poor little hen out of the food and chasing her around. We have 2 roosters who are arleady pecking me, should I take them out and leave my other 2 roosters with my hen, the other 2 seem to still be gentle (as in not pecking or fighting). My concern was with winter coming if I take the 2 out thats less warmth for my other 3.
     
  2. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's too bad you ended up with so many roos. I don't see how 1 hen would last being in with 4 roos. I would take 3 roos out and get a few more hens. Depending on your space you could have a couple of roos...but you really would need more hens in the long run. Or your hen may get really beat up. And the roos would fight.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    With that many roosters and only one hen, it is only a matter of time before your hen becomes injured. Get rid of most of your roosters and get more hens before this happens.
     
  4. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've read, it seems that roosters will mate around 15 times a day.... times that by 4 and you can imagine what sort of life your poor little hen will have. :-( Definitely separate her before they mature.
     
  5. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    I would set up a bachelor pad area and move the boys away accept for one. I think you're hen would be best with at least 1 mate. [​IMG]

    4 on 1 isn't very fair though... the poor girl.
     

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