- Jul 29, 2013
I have 17 hens -- two are bantams. There are two roosters. One is a two year old bantam, adopted in his first fall. The other's a one year old full size fellow, raised with this flock (we retired his papa to the freezer). Things were okay until the snow finally started melting a week ago and they were able to get out of the house and around the yard. The older, banty rooster started crowing almost nonstop, and 2 days ago they got into the full-out battle, bloody and crazed. I grabbed the banty and he's been in jail on the porch since then. Is there any hope? I would get rid of him immediately, but he's my daughter's, so if there's any way to keep both I'd like to try. I don't want to keep two separate flocks -- too much building and equipment. I'm an unsentimental old farm person, interested in having peaceful, well-treated chickens who lay eggs and don't require coddling.