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When do cockerels move up in the flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrstiffanymayer, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. mrstiffanymayer

    mrstiffanymayer In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2009
    Bakersfield California
    I have 3 - 18 week old EE's. 1 roo and 2 pullets. The rooster just started crowing last week and this week is practicing his mating on the two other EE's. I also have 6 other pullets that are 24 weeks. 2 are laying, 3 are point of lay, and 1 I have no idea is she is anywhere near ready.

    Right now the 3 EE's run away and still are at the very bottom of the pecking order. I want the EE to become head hauncho and take over as leader of my flock. I also want him to mate my other ladies and hopefully I get some cute babies from the mixing.

    My question is, when will he move to the top? Or will he? And when he does, do his current ladies follow him on up?

  2. Plain Old Dee

    Plain Old Dee Songster

    Oct 30, 2009
    Seminole, OK
    Are these the only chickens in your flock? If so, your roo will most likely become head honcho in time.

    If you have other hens, and especially another roo, that's a whole different ballgame. Your EE roo may fight his way to the top eventually, but the only way to ensure that he is big boss roo is to make sure he is the ONLY roo. Otherwise, no matter how badly you want your EE roo to be king of the hill, the other roo(s) may have plans of their own...[​IMG]
  3. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    N.E Ohio- Suffield
    I have a one year EE roo that was introduced with his 4 girls 6 months ago. His girls follow him around like he is king. My older 2 year buff orps(5) just co exist with him. He wants to be boss but is kept from it by the buffs. He does his mating with all of them but the buffs he has to sneak up on. It is a good thing it only takes a few seconds or the buffs would kill him. He does his thing then runs to the corner and does his crowing. Funny to watch!
  4. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    there is also the possibility he wont in some rare cause a single hen will be more dominant and the roo just cant quite get control., i think it depends on the roo though

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