Too many Roos or small man syndrome silkies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MJJohnson, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. MJJohnson

    MJJohnson New Egg

    Jun 27, 2012
    I have 11 hens and 4 roosters, 2 of which are bantam silkies. Everytime one of the 'big' roos mounts & sexes a hen one of the silkies will always come running and try to get involved. He will pull on the neck feathers and such of the hen being sexed and once it is all over everyone dispurses as per normal. I didn't think the silkies were posing a problem until I started witnessing this bizzare behaviour (or is it?). I suspect I will have to elliminate the silkie roos... Does anyone have any thoughts, such experiences or insight to share?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

    Roosters (and sometimes other hens) like to get involved when there is mating going on, but I think your Silkie is looking for trouble. Your rooster to hen ratio is not ideal. You should have one roo to around 10 hens to stop them fighting and over mating the hens. So I'd suggest you either get rid of some or get each of them a few hens and keep them separate.
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  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    Yep, good advice. You really only need one rooster with a flock your size.

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