Too many roosters?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newbie_chick, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. newbie_chick

    newbie_chick Hatching

    Jun 16, 2009
    Hello all,
    We're really new at this and we are early on the learning curve. We came home with 6 chicks from a mixed box...turns out we have 4 roosters and 2 hens. We were hoping for the other way around. Couple questions...
    They are displaying some mildly aggressive behavior toward each other - fluffing out their neck feathers at each other. Is this normal?
    Can 4 roosters co-exist somewhat peacefully or are we going to have to proactively keep them apart?
    Exactly how much do you think our neighbors are going to freak out when they start cock-a-doodle-doing??

    Thanks for any help you can give me!
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Even more than them fighting, I'd be concerned that they are going to overbreed the two poor hens.
  3. Holly O

    Holly O Songster

    May 1, 2009
    Bergen Norway
    I have no Idea the reaction of your neighbors

    But I'm new at this as well, and I believe your hens will be oversexed and the roos may not get along well.

    One .. is what I would keep.[​IMG]
  4. CAranchgirl

    CAranchgirl In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2009
    I have had several roosters at a time, and they do fight but nothing too bad. Usually one will be more dominant and the others will sort of hang back, and the dominant one will chase them but they don't fight to the point of injuring each other. The neck fluffing is a normal part of it.

    But with that many roosters, you probably need more hens. Otherwise they will jump on the hens all the time and their feathers on their back will start to come out, poor girls!!

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