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stripey

change of heart

hi everyone,

we have decided to keep our boys here with us.
i read that beegal keeps the cocks for 2 months and tries to re-home them out as breeding stock, if unsuccessful they end up at the farmer's market. our boys are bantam mixed hybrids so the chances of them all finding a home is slim.
if i have to dispatch them i'd rather do it myself and i don't want them to go through the stress of being at the market.

hubby is sound insulating the 'rooster pad' in the garage where the boys currently sleep together at night - they each have seperate areas to avoid any fighting. the day time crowing doesn't bother any of the neighbours - the boys are actually a bit of a hit in the area.

after winter once the boys have matured we will get 3 more hens so that there is a female:male ratio of 2:1.

...at the end of the day we got ourselves into this situation so we need to take responsibility to try and make it work. i love my boys and i'm commited to give them a good life, or at least try to. i'm not ready to give up yet.  
bodger

Stripey, if the boys are brought up together, they should develop a pecking order so that fighting should not be a problem
stripey

There already is a clear pecking order within the trio; they fought a lot when they were about 2 months old and seem to sort it out then as they have been best buds since. I'm not sure if one of them might try to challenge it once they are mature though? I'm prepared for a few scraps so long as it doesn't get out of hand. They live here in a flock with their dad and they've tested the water with him a few times but they always submit to him before a fight breaks out, they are generally happy in each other's company, dad has never gone for one of them and will sit with them in the garden and potter around with them. He is really good natured and is the peace-keeper of the group so I hope he will continue to keep them in check!

Does anyone know if the day time crowing is likely to settle down once they have matured a bit? Their dad rarely crows in the day now (he is 1), but at about 6 months old when we rescued him he was having about 4 crowing sessions throughout the day.
stripey

p.s. Thanks for your post Bodger - any advice / info given the new plan is welcomed!
Rena

I found with mine that whenever there was a percieved challenge or danger, crowing would ensue. My youngsters just flat loved hearing themselves for a period of time, and that lasted on for a bit.

I kept my first pair of cockerels together for a quite a few months...but there just always seemed to come a time when there was fairly constant challenges and disputes. Even blood and feather loss would not help the underdog stop challenging the top.

In the end, the one very nice cock that I had, ended up being aggressive, even to me...whereas before he was super sweet to myself and the girls before. The two cocks had been raised together from the time they were chicks. (I also had about 40 hens at the time.)

I hope my experience was unique and that your boys quiet up, behave and prove things differently!

I love your desire to take responsibility for them~very honourable. And I do hope it goes Wonderfully well for you!
stripey

Rena wrote:

I hope my experience was unique and that your boys quiet up, behave and prove things differently!

I love your desire to take responsibility for them~very honourable. And I do hope it goes Wonderfully well for you!



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