Carol : I have question about roosters. I have a rooster who’s 9 years old. He’s a good boy, protective of the hens and always clucks for them to eat. I hatched some eggs last October and I have a young rooster. So far he’s the low man on the totem pole. Arnold (the old guy) just looks at him and he runs away. If I go by Gary he also jumps away. He’s bigger than Arnold but so far hasn’t figured that out. Will the two fight? I’ve been told different things, that if a rooster is raised from chicks that they blend in better with the flock which keeps fighting to a minimum. But others have said that once the young rooster is mature he’ll start fighting. What’s your opinion? Any suggestions? Will they fight?
My Reply : They won’t necessarily fight. As he has grown up in the flock there already is a pecking order established which should help. Many single flocks do have multiple roosters – it seems less likely to be an issue when there is plenty of space and plenty of hens (on average 10 or more hens for every 1 rooster). Some roosters are naturally aggressive but yours don’t sound like they are the sort that would go looking for a fight. If a challenge is made in the future, as long they can agree on the pecking order they should still be able to continue to live happily together afterwards.