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May 2012 Vol. 2
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Phil : I have been reading your monthly publication for over a year now and I have applied many of the tricks added by readers. In the last release there was a question about how to keep more than one adult rooster. Well, I suppose that depends on when and how they came to be. I had 7 roosters in the first batch of chicks I ordered. All of them survived to adulthood. There were 3 Delaware roosters, 2 Brown Leghorns, 1 Australorp, 1 English Game Cock, and a Cornish Rooster. I added a Buff Brahma trio and a Speckled Hamburg trio after 6 weeks. I was somewhat heartlessly expecting nature to take its course but I did not lose any of the roosters! I lost the 2 Buff Brahma hens due to excessive hen pecking from the older hens despite my best efforts to acclimate them gradually.
Now, nearly 2 years later, and several broods from the hens, I have had several new roosters and hens added to the flock of nearly 30 chickens. The thing I have noticed is that there is a Rooster pecking order although when they do fight occasionally, they may draw a bit of blood, but it never is fatal. The roosters have gotten a bit more aggressive than they are supposed to be though from what I can tell. Normally Delaware roosters are relatively calm and friendly, but now if you don't watch your back when you go to feed them, they will attack from behind, and you will get spurred. Not too surprisingly, the English Game Cock is the feistiest of the bunch. He fights with everyone until they come after him then he runs away.
was reasonably well until my wife was severely spurred by the little
English game cock. I was obliged to put him down when I got home
and when I did, the Alpha Delaware came after me spurs up and flapping.
I already had my adrenaline up at that point and stepping out of
the way of his rage, one more shot took him out as well. I say all
of this to get to the point where if you have more than one rooster,
you can probably get away with it for a while, but they will continue
to escalate in aggressiveness to each other and to you if left alone.
As difficult as it is to come to grips with, chicken makes for a
good meal, and that's what extra roosters are for. If it is a pet,
well then find it another home. If he is the only rooster chances
are that he will settle down. Phil from Texas
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