Wanting to Keep two Roosters

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jenmar0811, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. jenmar0811

    jenmar0811 New Egg

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    I have recently got into raising backyard chickens and purchased 14 chicks. As it turns out 2 of those 14 are cockerels and are going on 2 1/2 months old. One is a BR and the other is a RIR. Will it hurt to keep both of these cockerels/roosters together with 12 hens as they get older. They are together now and are used to one another. If not, what can I do to separate as far as pens/ another coop? I just don't want any dead chickens due to my negligence.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    It depends on the personality of the roosters, but I think you will find in the next few months your two little roosters becoming obnoxious and harassing to your pullets. Rosters sexually mature sooner than hens and begin to try to mate them while the pullets are screaming and running.

    In the end you will have one too many roosters with your hens and they will quickly become bare backed from all the mating. Whether the roosters will fight each other or form a coalition will depend on their bond and personality.

    I personally would look remove both as they start making the hens scream, or at least remove the most trouble of the two. You will need a pen next to or inside your coop to house them. You can swap them out if you wish. You will eventually find that one is better than the other. It can take a year for a rooster to mature fully and to stop being such a pain. If they are still causing troubles after that they shouldn't be kept with hens.

    Being as you are new to chickens, roosters need a calm confident owner, and some understanding of their behaviors, and in my opinion they shouldn't be over handled. Aggressive roosters are not fun.
     
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  3. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    I second that!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I Third OHLD's post.

    Let me ask.... Why do you want 2 cock/erels?
    There are numerous reasons and solutions.
     
  5. jenmar0811

    jenmar0811 New Egg

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    I want to keep both because one is a barred rock and the other is a rhode island red. This way I could breed them with my rhode island red hens and barred rock hens and have a couple of different options with hatching.
     
  6. Casper101Popcor

    Casper101Popcor Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know if you have enough room, but maybe make two flocks? That way they won't collide and all. I am no expertise in the area of chickens, but these are just my thoughts
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    OK, then you'll have to keep them separate, both the hens and the cocks.
    Full time separation time would be easiest in the long run.
    Set up 2 coops and runs....one for the RIR and his girls and one for the BR and his girls.
    You could free range (if you plan on that) on alternate days to avoid any cockfights and cross breeding.

    For now, until the pullets are mature and laying,
    you could keep the boys in the second coop to avoid the teenage hormonal mating rage of the cockerels on immature pullets.
     

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