The ever popular question of to many roos

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kipepeo, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. kipepeo

    kipepeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a straight run of rarest of rare from Mcmurray HD April 25 ish. Ialso ordered 2 Blue Andalusian Roos and they sent an extra one. My free exotic cuckoo maran is top roo then followed by the 3 Andalusian and the Silver Gray Dorking they do most of the bickering and stuff. Then there are the---
    1 Golden Polish
    2 White Laced Red Cornish
    1 Buff Cochin
    1 Splash Cochin
    2 Blue Cochin
    1 special cochin (melanized patridge was what I was told when younger)
    2 Black Langshan
    1 Sumatra

    16 Roos in total. No stew pots available here and the 11 lower ranking ones don't seem to cause a problem it is the other 5 who stir things up. The dorking really isn't that bad but he a couple specific girls he likes. I have 14 hens (lost 3 at various times) and I have ordered 10 more hens to come Oct 5 week. 4 Andalusian 5 various polish and a silkie for my sons birthday. With the rate of sexing it is possible to get 1 out of my 10 to be roo and hoping not. The Lanshan and cornish I am not that attached to but I love everyone else of the lowere ranking and they get along. I have another old coop that was going to set up next spring for some maybe specific breeding but I am new to this and may not get far should I just make a bachelor pad? They would still be able to hear the others and I free range although they haven't made it over to that area yet and I would be free raning over there once I get a fence up around the yard but they would possibly be able to get out.
    The figting between roos is not that bad -yet- but I am worried about the toll it will take on the girls the ones they are most intersted in stay in coop on roost alot or get up on top of the coop roof to be left alone.
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    This is the coop they are in and there is another closer to my house that doesn't have a screen room there is a foundation from where on was that I am going to put my dog pen around and also I was wanting to get some ducks next year that I was going to put with the chickens maybe 5 not sure. The other coop beside my house is where I feed cats and kittens were raised this summer. I could possibly divide it into 3 section or 2. I am just thinking too much and need some other ideas or advice so bring forth the knowledge.
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Holy Cats! Or should I say holy roos! I can see why your hens are staying on the roost. If I were you I would get rid of many of those roos so your hens can enjoy their lives [​IMG] Its sad hearing they want to stay in the coop or on the roost when they should be out eating that nice green grass and enjoying their life. Put them up on craigslist...I bet most will find nice homes.
     
  3. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I am a roo lover! So if I was to keep that many - which could happen, I would give them their own large quarters. I currently have 5 - four of whom are Bantams.


    Your poor girls are already suffering and having a toll taken upon them - they are hiding and not enjoying life. If it was me, I would move 13 to 14 roos to their own coop, and leave whom ever treats the hens best with the girls (unless there was a specific roo I wanted to reproduce).

    Sounds like a fantastic assortment with tons of color and personality.
     
  4. robbdebbie

    robbdebbie Professional Chicken Bather

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    I just recently had to get rid of some roos. I actually sold them as pairs just so I knew that they got good homes. I didn't want to get rid of them, but I knew it was for the best. I still have 5 roos in with my pullets, but three are seramas (who will get their own living quarters soon), and one is a silkied-frizzled-cochin. There had need really no fighting yet, so I was super proactive. I have heard of some people having a roo only pen with a good outcome. If you were thinking of breeding at some point then maybe you should do that. Then when you build your breeding pens you already have to roosters.
     
  5. kipepeo

    kipepeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't say they were suffering they come down and get treats and go here and there only one really stays in coop blue cochin hen and both blue cochin boys just hang out with her
     
  6. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    We have lots of Roos and a bachelor pad...mine never stay with the hens since I don't want all of them bred as often as they wish.The boys all get along fine.They can see the girls and don't have any more arguments than the girls do.
    I only sell or eat our extra roos-we have 1 or 2 roosters per breed so we have quite a few here [​IMG]
     

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