Too many Roosters (don't want to give away or eat) HELP!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jraev, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. jraev

    jraev New Egg

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    We have two large roosters and four hens. The hens are suffering due to the fact that there are one too many roosters. We are animal lovers and do NOT want the roosters to be eaten or given away. We want to know ways that we can give our ladies a break, but still have the boys.

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  2. Skylercarr

    Skylercarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built a separate coop for my roosters you can always do that.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I too would give them their own pen
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Folks seem to find a "bachelor pad" works well. Housing males apart from the females helps the males get along well and allows the females relief from mating attention. Some folks feel it works best if the males and females are quite separate, as in out of earshot, but I've had them fairly close and it's gone well.
     
  5. jraev

    jraev New Egg

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    Hi, thanks so much for the tip. I was wondering if you have to keep them separate at all times, or if you can let them be together sometimes.
     
  6. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can separate them or get more hens. :)
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    You'll have to play that one by ear. You could allow one roo out to visit the ladies now and then, and see how it goes. Unfortunately, even when you get sexed pullet chicks from a hatchery, roosters end up being a consequence. The only way to avoid it is to have auto sexing or sex linked chicks, or get started pullets.
     

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