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Old 10-31-2007, 07:07 PM  
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Can 2 roosters live together??

We got 6 baby chicks in May, they were all suppose to be hens. Well 2 of them are roosters now. I noticed today one is more aggressive than the other and seems to be going after the other one. Should I find a home for one of them (most likely the aggressive one). They are in a pen, so I'm concerned about the welfare of the non- aggressive one.

Also.....any tips on care for the chickens. They eat layer feed, I provide oyster shell, and cracked corn once a day. Is there anything else I should offer them.
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Roosters can and do fight. I have 3 roosters and one hen...after a few really bad scuffles, they all now get along just fine. Mine, however, free range during the day and are only confined together at night.

Your feed routine sounds good!
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:12 PM  
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OK....so it's ok if they fight? They will find their "pecking order" on their own.

We have to clip their wings so they can free roam during the day.
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I asked this same question not too long ago & was told that as long as I had three hens for each rooster they wouldn't fight too badly. I have 6 hens & did have 2 roosters(one died last week) but they got along just fine.
Each of them had their own hens & went their owns seperate ways. Like Wildcat, mine were free range during the day & penned up at night. Good luck!
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:26 PM  
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Why would you clip their wings? Most chickens can't fly but a few feet and it's a good defense mechanism.

Roosters can inflict enough damage to kill each other. I've had to nurse two of mine, at two different times, back to health. For a long time, each one refused to go back to the coop with the others and stayed on their own during the day. Things are fine now, but that doesn't mean we won't have a fight in the future.
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We got 6 baby chicks in May, they were all suppose to be hens. Well 2 of them are roosters now. I noticed today one is more aggressive than the other and seems to be going after the other one. Should I find a home for one of them (most likely the aggressive one). They are in a pen, so I'm concerned about the welfare of the non- aggressive one.

Also.....any tips on care for the chickens. They eat layer feed, I provide oyster shell, and cracked corn once a day. Is there anything else I should offer them.
Our 1st batch of day old chicks were supposed to be 6 hens and 1 rooster, we got all hens. So my supplier gave me a free rooster, but he was several weeks behind them in growth. The ladies used to push him around til he grew some and figured out he was in fact, the boss . Now I have 3 at my place but mine are free range, plenty of room to run if things get testy. Since yours are confined you'll probably continue to have trouble. The less aggressive guy can get pretty beat up. As to which one to get rid of, I'm of 2 minds; if you have a very nasty, aggressive rooster that will go after you as well as the other guy, then maybe he should go; however, since you have males and females, they will be breeding and the aggressive, dominant rooster would be the better choice to produce strong healthy offspring. Flip a coin .

As to care, keep things as clean as you can with fresh water at all times. Sounds like you're doing well there.
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odd question, but it just happened to cross my mind...Can you neuter roosters? and also, why don't you de-claw[their dewclaws] them to avoid serious injuries?
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Why would you clip their wings? Most chickens can't fly but a few feet and it's a good defense mechanism.

Roosters can inflict enough damage to kill each other. I've had to nurse two of mine, at two different times, back to health. For a long time, each one refused to go back to the coop with the others and stayed on their own during the day. Things are fine now, but that doesn't mean we won't have a fight in the future.

If we let them free range, they will have to stay in the yard, which is a very big area, but it has a privacy fence around it, and I guess we don't want them getting out.
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odd question, but it just happened to cross my mind...Can you neuter roosters? and also, why don't you de-claw[their dewclaws] them to avoid serious injuries?
Good questions........anyone???
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When we moved here, we inherited the previous people's chickens. Or as we discovered, about 17 roosters and something like 28 hens ! It was like chicken porno all the time, until we finally got rid of all but one rooster. While they were all here, there was the odd, tiny scuffle, and I did see a few drops of blood on the snow, but never any visible injuries. Mine free ranged during the day, and went indoors at night (no clipped wings). If that crazy ratio worked, hopefully yours will too eventually
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:31 PM  
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Thank you very much for all your input! Very helpful
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:25 PM  
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We learned that you are better off having at least two roosters (just make sure there are enough hens to go around). Otherwise, a single rooster may take his aggression out on....you. My brother was attacked by a rooster, and we had some friends who made the same mistake, and their daughter got scratched up pretty bad from a lone rooster. Better to let them take it out on each other, or turn them all into soup!

There are individual roosters that are okay alone, but in our friend's case, they hadn't been having any problems, and then one day the rooster just got cranky about something.
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In answer to your question yes roosters can be neutered. The bird is called a capon and the procedure is caponizing. It is a very risky surgery that is done on young birds.

Unless your into cock fighting I don't believe in breeding an aggressive rooster. He passes those traits on to his young. I was told the more aggressive rooster is the more fertile one. That is a myth. My gentle roosters have proven to be just as fertile.

For the most part my roosters got along but when the battle between them erupted it got bloody, real bloody. Then I'd have to separate them. During one of the bloody battles my favorite rooster lost an eye and later his life.

Am I saying that two roosters can't get along, no, it just depends on the birds in question and the type of housing. They do need their own space and preferably own hens.

If you have an understanding on how a herd of wild horses live then you'll know how a flock of chickens live. Roosters steel hens from other roosters and battles erupt, just like with horses.

I've seen first hand what happens when chickens inbreed so if your intention is to increase your flock then I'd keep 2 roosters but if you wanted a rooster to protect your hens and just for fun with no intentions of breeding them then I'd keep the tamer of the two roosters and find a new home for the one that is aggressive.

You can feed them egg shells, guts from cantaloupe, watermelon, apple cores, squash innards, bread. They eat just about anything.
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:48 AM  
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I've kept two roosters together without chickens before and they are fine. The odd bloody fight, but no real problems.

Now, one of my roosters apparently killed the other when I moved everyone around and hens were introduced...but I think the one really just broke his neck being fearful.

I currently have two roosters in with two hens because that's the only set up I have available and they cohabitat quite well. Though, they are free range!

It would be nice if you could take that murdering claw off, but I don't see how it can be done.
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One of my roosters damaged a spur in a fight...it was a bloody, bloody mess that affected his whole leg...
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Toenails and spurs can be trimmed. Just don't cut the quick or they will bleed. If bleeding does occur you can pack it with flour or blood stop powder.
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Ours can't, and they grew up together.
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