Split flock or say goodbye to 2nd rooster?


13 Years
Apr 12, 2009
Vashon, WA
I'm hoping someone with more experience with roosters can give us advice. We kept hens for about seven years, but back a few years ago. We've now moved to a more rural area and have a couple of acres and have been raising chicks this spring. We decided to include a rooster in our flock this time, but as these things go, it seems like we probably have two.

The flock is three silver cuckoo marans, one of which is clearly male and a family favorite. He's sweet, has been handled daily and my teenage daughter loves him.

And raised with them from day one are four snowy easter eggers, also one seeming to be male. He is already more of a trouble-maker, isn't very nice to the smallest hen who is quite little, despite being the same age. Our previous EE's were very sweet hens, so we've been surprised at how flighty this bunch are. The marans are the nice ones in this group for sure.

From a flock management perspective, does it make sense to split up two small groups? I've also considered leaving things as is and trying to rehome the snowy rooster. Could he be a pullet and solve my problem? He is in the center of the second pic.


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Folly's place

11 Years
Sep 13, 2011
southern Michigan
I'd favor the Marans cockerel, although it's early to really be sure about temperament. As a breeding prospect he seems like a better choice; Marans offspring, and maybe olive eggers from your EE hens next year.
Plan ahead; are you going to try raising your own chicks next year? Do you really want two breeding groups? And what if either cockerel turns into a human aggressive jerk?
It's possible to have flockmates get along, if they have lots of space, and decide to be polite to each other. Or not, and fighting can get ugly overnight sometimes. And while adolescent cockerels with same age pullets can be overbearing, having one that's (so far!) a nice guy is definitely a plus in his favor.
Apr 13, 2020
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Wow... that’s exactly like mine when s/he was 6 weeks old (I believe that’s about the same as that pic)... my other two snowy’s are girls, and they are smaller, and barely have any comb at all. I assume your Snowy EE girls look different too?

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