Too many roos?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bantam_babies, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. bantam_babies

    bantam_babies Out Of The Brooder

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    In April we adopted 6 (advertised as) bantam pullets. They are now just over two months old, and we have come to the realization that at least two, possibly three of them are roosters. They have spurs, big red combs/wattles, and one or two of them is crowing regularly.

    My question is: how do I manage this? I was hoping that I would be able to keep them all, but I'm worried a 1:1 male to female ratio would result in an unhealthy flock.

    Thanks in advance!
     

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  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    The vast majority of time bantams do not come sexed. Whoever was selling them misadvertised them.

    If you really want to keep all 6 then you may want to consider keeping a bachelor pad for the males and have the females in their own coop.
     
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  3. AngelChic

    AngelChic Just Hatched

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    I was wondering myself what the ratio should be. I have five hens and two males. All was really supposed to be pullets but turned out roos too.
     
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  4. bantam_babies

    bantam_babies Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your reply! We purchased them at Rural King, which I have slowly learned might have been our first mistake. We also have no idea what breed they are as that information was not available either. I'll definitely consider the second coop! We mostly free range them - would seperate coops still be the best solution if they're still out in the yard together regularly?
     
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Free range them on alternating days.
     
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  6. adstowe

    adstowe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I were in that situation I would wait until it starts to become an issue, select the best cockerel and rehome the other two. That's not to say the bachelor pad idea won't work, but that's the route I personally would go.
     
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  7. bantam_babies

    bantam_babies Out Of The Brooder

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    I think I'll probably wait and see if any of them become aggressive or bothersome before I decide on a second coop. We have little kids, so I don't have the luxury of tolerating mean pets. Thanks for your input!
     
  8. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    If you have little kids you may want to get rid of all 3 and just keep hens for now.
     
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  9. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    I agree with keesmom. Or keep the roos locked up if the kids are outside. You'll have to really keep an eye on them.
     
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  10. bantam_babies

    bantam_babies Out Of The Brooder

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    Well hens-only was my initial plan buying pullets, but apparently that's not what I did haha. So far the boys haven't been problematic whatsoever - they won't get anywhere near the kids OR me (except for one friendly one who will let us get close but then darts off). I was hoping with smaller birds it wouldn't be an serious safety issue since they should only be 1-2 lbs? Am I kidding myself with that? I wanted to give them a chance.

    I'm also still holding out a secret hope that I only have one boy and the other two will miraculously start laying some day I've only seen one of them crow.
     

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