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Can 2 Cockerels Live Together?

Published on July 10, 2013 by Penny Roberts in Penny's Posts

We had a bit of a surprise the other day when we discovered we had a second cockerel! This was not by choice, I can assure you, as this Maran cockerel came to us originally as a ‘point of lay’ chicken.

Our suspicions became aroused one day when we saw our #1 cockerel Henry going for his regular afternoon constitutional in our garden (away from our designated chicken area). This time he had company.

We thought his companion was just one of his girlfriends, and made a mental note to clip her wing so she couldn’t fly over the gate. But then it started to become a regular occurrence and on closer investigation it was clear – Henry had a new buddy (who we’ve since called Tom).

I had heard that if you get two cockerels they will fight till the death. However, Henry and Tom seem perfectly at ease in each other’s company.  This could be due to a number of reasons:

 - they have quite a large area where they are free to wander

 - we have a reasonably sized flock of 22 hens

 - they live in our largest chicken coop, the Manor House 

Even though Henry and Tom weren’t brought up together from chicks, Henry clearly doesn’t see Tom as a threat. I think because Tom came along after Henry had established himself, he obviously understands it’s better to play second fiddle – and he seems happy with that. Again, I’ve heard people comment that Maran cockerels can be very nasty, but our Tom seems perfectly placid.

Mind you, we did bring him up as a ‘girl’!

Can 2 Cockerels Live Together?

Tags: Maran, cockerel, chicken coop, hen house, manor house

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