Tolerant Alpha Rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dogkahuna, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. dogkahuna

    dogkahuna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've got a flock of 16--one rooster and 9 hens in the original flock, and 4 roosters and 2 hens in last summer's addition. The original and secondary flocks each have their own coops with ample space and roosting branches. Their shared pen is 50' X 50' in varying configurations as I move the electronet around.

    They are all still together because I'm not seeing unusual animosity in the dynamic. The mystifying thing at the moment is that one of the young roos is mounting older hens right in front of the established male, who does nothing.

    Does anyone have experience with roosters living in harmony?

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  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would cherish that. Him letting the boy mate and not run over there risking him injuring the roo.

    Yes it's very much so possible to keep 2 or more roosters together.
     
  3. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    I always keep multiple roosters and never have trouble as long as I have enough hens for them all.

    That actually is something you'll want to work on because it sounds like you don't. You have five roosters and 11 hens, which is almost one rooster to every two hens. The optimal ratio is 10 hens to each rooster, or at the very least five. If you don't remedy the situation by getting more hens or rehoming most of the roosters (I'd keep two at most) you are likely going to end up with hens that are overmated and stressed. They may even be injured by all the attention they are going to get.
     
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  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good idea
     
  5. dogkahuna

    dogkahuna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my numbers wrong--we've got 4 roos and 12 hens. Still, the ratio is off and we're going to re-home two of the younger roos so the hens don't have to suffer so much attention.

    I guess giving them away on Craigslist might work, though respondents might be looking for a free meal. (We are vegetarians and I'm not the slaughtering type.) Any thoughts on re-homing?
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Advertise and don't ask questions or make demands.
     
  7. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't do craigslist,soooo many bad things happen on that site. I'd use face book if you have one or even the re-homing pages on here.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Are you against others eating meat?
    That respondent might be hungry and in great need of a free meal, would be honorable to donate to that.
    If you don't think anyone should eat meat, then you might shouldn't have chickens at all-because there will always be birds eaten in conjunction with chicken keeping.
    Agrees with bobbi-j...advertise and don't ask questions.
     
  9. dogkahuna

    dogkahuna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are right, and I'm not against others eating MY chickens, as opposed to factory chickens....
     

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