You all remember Handsome ,well he and another rooster have been staying togather in a small coop and today they started fighting and Handsome is in bad shape,even though he is bigger he really got the crap beat out of him,he was laying on his side and the other one was on top of him pecking at him and there was blood everywhere.I got them seperated and Handsome is in the coop by himself,he is up now but very shaky and can`t stand for very long,bleeding comb and hole in his wattle,limping but still crowing up a storm.I think tonight I might put him with the girls and leave the other one in the little coop.I really wanted two roosters togather for breeding as I will have 15 hens and will be hatching eggs this spring.Will one rooster be able to fertilize 15 hens?How do peaple keep more than one rooster togather without the fighting.I let them fight because I thought that once the other rooster gave up that would be the end of it but if I had not seperated them he would have killed Handsome.
if he had room to get away then it would have been alright. One would chase the other around a couple of time and that would have been the end of it. You can't keep them together now especially with Handsome hurt again. You will probably have to keep one in the cage permanantly and rotate them out for breeding. 1 roo to 15 hens would not be good. Average is 1 roo to 6 to 10 hens max. and 10 is pushing it from what I have read.
I would keep him seperated until he heals. I'd rotate the two roos in with the hens. I have 2 together but they were raised that way and one now defers to the other. The pecking order has been established so there is no problem with them but there was room to get away when they were duking it out for dominance. Good luck with them.
I have several "special needs" roosters. I think that the mention of being able to get away is valid. My special boys are the last ones out in the morning, and they run like #&(( as soon as they're out. They get chased a short distance, maybe pecked at on the run, but once they're out of range, it all seems to settle down. At night, they are last in, and very reluctant to expose themselves to attack. In fact, two I have to pick up and install on their perches. They wait for me :)
More space seems to lead to less conflict. I'm VERY lucky to have that option.
porkpal wrote:Right, but wasn't he separated from everyone for a while when he was having trouble walking?
Not really,there was only the wire seperating them and then after a few weeks they were all in togather untill the three of them got to frisky and they all got put out in the other coop togather and one was sold last week,and hopefully another tomorow and then all I will have for roosters is him.(for awhile anyways got babies and know for sure one is a rooster at two weeks old) By the way he is doing great
It may look bad now, but it will heal up. My Faverolle had been fighting with some of the other chickens and gets all boogered - up bleeding everywhere...then by the next day it has turned all black and scabby. In about a week or two it will be back to its normal red. I have my Wyadottes that have the same thing once in a while too. So I think Handsome will be back to his old self in no time.
Sold the other spalsh rooster today so Handsome is the only big rooster now,going to give hime another few days by himself then in with the girl,had someone that want baby orps so I need some fertile eggs.Hope the girls don`t pick on him.
Combs bleed real bad, it always looks worse than it is. Most of that black is probably just dried blood. I wouldn't keep him away from the girls too long if he were mine. If he wasn't injured other than his comb.. he will be fine.
I post on face book.We have a site thats called maine swap for livestock.But this one my friend raises oprs to and I asked if he was interested and he was.But I also have a man that will take all my not wanted roosters,thats all he has is just roosters no hens.He tries to pay me but I say no as long as he will come take what I don`t want.