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Introducing a young roo to an established flock of hens.

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Does anyone have any experience with bringing a young roo into an established flock of hens.  The hens are about 1 and 1/2 years old and have been together since hatched.  They are Barred Rock.  A friends gave me a 6 month rooster also Barred Rock but the hens are fighting with him.  Suggestions appreciated.

 

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They are going to fight until he asserts his dominance and takes over the flockmaster's duties.  Older hens will always make a rooster earn his place in the flock, and will not allow him to mate with them until he has asserted his dominance. Typically, this will be around 9 - 10 months for him.  As long as they aren't drawing blood, let them work it out.  If they are, separate him and put him in an area where they can "visit" but not touch.  Once they've gotten used to him, try it again.

Peeps61
Location: NW Florida
Chickens since Feb. 2013
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Peeps61
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Don't know if this will help but this is what I have done in the past.

 

When I had introduced a young rooster to an established flock, they were all New Hampshires.  He was about 7months and the 25 hens where in their second year.  I kept him in a small coop by himself to start with and would let him out in the yard so he could approach them in the run.  The second day I did the same but about 1.5 hours before the hens went in to roost I also let the hens out in the yard.  They did fight but he could escape into the bushes.  After a few days they all came to an understanding.  In the end he was allowed into the flock but not all the hens would submit to him and they acted more like separate flock lead by the alpha hen.

Tom Depointe

Brooklyn, Connecticut

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Tom Depointe

Brooklyn, Connecticut

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Thank you . . . . .I guess it will take patience.  He is quite a gentle rooster but he does fight back.  The only problem is that the hens get his beautiful comb and waddles and it draws blood, so I have to take him away.  He is roosting with the tonight but I will get up at day break to supervise.  I wish they made little helmets for chickens :/

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