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Distressed/worried rooster?

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So I finally found a home for my extra three roosters on Saturday night, and I'm down to 1 rooster to my 4 original pullets, plus 3 pullets still in quarantine. Yesterday morning he seemed to be looking for them, and then seemed to forget about it for the day. I let them out of the run to free range about 4:30 PM, and when sunset was nearing, he did his crowing business to round everyone up for bedtime. When the 3 roosters didn't show up, he seemed very frantic - running around the yard crowing to no end, then he ran to the pine tree in the neighbor's yard where they'd sometimes chill, and just generally very out of sorts. He ended up wandering around looking for them until it was dark enough he couldn't see his way back to the coop and just hunkered down by a bush. I picked him up and put him to bed. 

 

This morning it looked like he was looking for them in the run when I let them out of the coop. 

 

Will he eventually "forget" about those guys, or what?

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Yes a week from now they'll be a distant memory, it just will take a little time for him to adjust.

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Thank you. The three pullets I have in quarantine will be ready to integrate starting Wednesday. Would it be best to wait until Moe is himself again, or should I just get it over with? I plan to put them in a cage within the run during the day, and within a dog kennel in the coop at night, for a few days, then setting them up on the roost bar with the established flock after bedtime on night 3 or 4. 

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