Thinning out the Roos

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by enggass, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    Ok. So I know multiple Roos in a flock can be problematic... Roos will fight etc... But at what age do you need to begin thinning the flock of Roos? ie. When do Roos get old enough where they begin thinking I am King S^%t and fighting for their own territory? I will be hatching some eggs next Spring, and I plan on keeping one Roo - the one I can determine is the mellowist:) - but when should I begin finding the others homes before they become trouble?
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    If you don't want the roos for any particular purpose then I'd move them out as soon as you can reliably tell them apart from the pullets.

    Mine generally start making pests of themselves in the four to five month range. As soon as they start annoying the girls they get separated.
  3. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    This all depends on the breed. Some flocks can support multiple cocks (as long as we are not talking about games of any kind).

    I generally separate pullets and stags (also known as cockerels) by 12 weeks. The stags are then set free to range wherever they desire: the strongest survive. Around 7 to 8 months I begin to catch them up and either they get penned or cooked.

    Again, if we are not talking Games you might possibly be able too keep multiple stags/cock birds. The number will depend on the number of hens and the space allowance.

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