Too many cockerels??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chermak1101, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. Chermak1101

    Chermak1101 Chirping

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    I purchased 6 bantam chicks 3 are 10 weeks & 3 are 6 weeks. 4 have turned out to be cockerels which clearly leaves me with only 2 pullets. Am I going to have a problem? I also have 1 cockerel & 8 pullets that are 6 months and 1 cockerel along with 6 pullets 10 weeks. The babies have all been raised together the 6 week old bantams have been in with the 10 week old ones for about 4-5 weeks now. I really don’t want to have to re-home any of my cockerel bantams since 3 of them are different breeds, & I love them all. I also don’t want to have to keep some separated from the rest of the flock, that just seems sad. No issues at all so far but I also know that won’t happen till these pullets start laying. Advice??
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Either rehome many of them, or set up a bachelor pen. Sixteen pullets won't have a nice life with six cockerels!
    Mary
     
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    @Folly's place
    I was afraid of that. The 2 bantam pullets would be Miserable would I be ok with keeping 2 of the 4 cockerel bantams with the 2 pullet bantams?
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    NO! Maybe one cockerel with two pullets, maybe.
    These birds are very young, and you may find it easier to remove cockerels from your flock as they grow, either because of physical faults, or behavioral issues.
    I like to keep possible 'keepers' longer, before deciding.
    BUT, the pullets need to be happy too, and peace in the flock is very important.
    Mary
     
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    Chermak1101 Chirping

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    Thanks! They’ll stay till I start to see any issues, especially with the pullets. So sad! They’re the coolest breeds too! Male & female black frizzle, female white created black polish, male mottled Cochin, & 2 male Mille fleur d’uccle (that have the cutest squeaky crows right now)
     
  6. Chermak1101

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    Maybe I can rehome 2 cockerels and find someone trying to rehome some bantam pullets
     
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  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    That's it, chicken math strikes again!
    Mary
     
  8. Mrs. K

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    Hope for plan A, but plan and have it set up for plan B

    The short answer, is YES you are going to have problems. Rooster chicks are darling and fun, rooster cockerels are the nightmare!

    MRs K
     
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    parrotlady66 Chirping

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    sounds like you have your hands full ... and some big decisions to make
     
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    we have one Easter Egger Rooster and he was raised with Two Silkie chicks all hatched the same day. Now he bosses the silkies and we just found out the one silkie is a rooster :thwe are not sure what to do with him now, he also runs away from my girls our 5 red Sexlink. I think we are going to have to find him a home. I hate too but i am not making another coop
     
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