Too many roosters!?!?!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jaimepowell, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. jaimepowell

    jaimepowell Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2011
    As it turns out I have 4 roosters and only one pullet [​IMG]

    They are about 13 weeks old now and are all out in a coop with an L-shaped run that is 12' x 6' with an additional 6' x 6' on the opposite end of the coop. All of them started out VERY friendly, 2 roosters are rhode island reds and 2 are bantams. The bantams are still very affectionate and pretty laid back. The smaller RIR is a little skittish but will still let us hold him and isn't showing any signs of the bigger RIR is a BULLY! I see him picking on everyone else all day long. I put some large branches in the run that the bantams can get too pretty easily so they aren't picked on as much. And now he is starting to be mean to me! I feed them every morning and give them a snack almost every evening. Last night when I was taking some scraps from dinner he grabbed ahold of my hand and drew blood. I have 3 kids (ages 4, 4, and 6) who LOVE going out to the coop and now I'm afraid to let them go in at all. Any suggestions?? Is he always going to be like this?

  2. OtterCreekRanch

    OtterCreekRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    NE Texas
    I would personally get rid of the bully. There is no place for an even remotely aggressive rooster with kids around IMHO. Do you plan on getting more pullets? One girl to three boys will wear her out with all the attention from them all. I would not keep her with any more than 1 rooster unless you plan on getting more girls very soon.
  3. pixiedouglas

    pixiedouglas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:this exactly!
  4. jaimepowell

    jaimepowell Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2011
    I had not planned on getting more females until next Spring--this was my first chick buying experience and I thought I knew what I was doing but ended up with nothing close to what I wanted. If I get more pullets now do they have to be separated for a while until I can put them all together? And should I get pullets that are around the same age?
  5. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Johnstown Pa
    until they are around the same size yes
  6. ekemily

    ekemily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Fairhope, AL
    I would get rid of all of your roos except one, or, if you plan on keeping all of your roos, put them all in one pen together without any pullets. Try to find another pullet (of the same age or size) to give your existing pullet company. I've never had a RIR roo, but I have heard that many are aggressive. Take a big stick with you and whack him with it. You have to show him that you are dominant. I would not let my children near him. If he were mine, I would eat him.
  7. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    With only one pullet do you really need ANY roosters right now?

    Do you want a rooster to fertilize eggs or just someone to watch over his girls...well, girl...for the time being?

    I'd probably opt for getting rid of all the roosters and starting over with a fresh crop of chicks. Hopefully you'll get a better ratio.

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