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As long as the pullets and one hen can get away from his advances if they choose not to submit, they should be able to work it out fine.

 

If they are cramped for space or can't get away, and are not getting enough feed/water or are overly stressed without rest,

I would seriously consider keeping him confined to a wire dog crate in the coop/run/garden for most the day.

If he's acting too obnoxious and harassing the heck out of the girls, put him in a time out in the crate.

 

Play it by eye and ear....but always have a plan B. 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

 

 

 

This is Pingu now.

 

I have introduced the four new girls to the original 5 with no real problems.

 

The four newbies stay clear of the others the majority of the time.

 

I introduced Pingu and all hell broke loose with him trying, quite aggressively, to jump on any hen that came close. He's quite a lot bigger than most of the girls and his advances weren't well accepted/

 

I have been putting him in the isolation hutch for large parts of the day and let him into the main coop to sleep at night.

 

I feel mean shutting him away and am concerned that if he doesn't calm down that I will have to get rid of him but I cant submit the girls to such exuberance long term.

 

Do they tend to calm down? He's a lovely bird and I've raised him from a chick but I have no intention of hatching any eggs that he fertilises but I'd love to keep him as leader of the flock.

Lohman Brown - Daphne : Amberlink - Bess :  3 RIR - Lucky, Nugget & Pip, 2 Rhode Rock - Coco & Sooty : 2 RIR/Light Sussex X - Etta & Belle, Barred Rock Rooster - Pingu : 2 Pekin Bantams - Fuzzy & Ugg : Silver Spangled Hamburg - Dotty : Gold Spangled Hamburg Rooster - Patch : .

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Lohman Brown - Daphne : Amberlink - Bess :  3 RIR - Lucky, Nugget & Pip, 2 Rhode Rock - Coco & Sooty : 2 RIR/Light Sussex X - Etta & Belle, Barred Rock Rooster - Pingu : 2 Pekin Bantams - Fuzzy & Ugg : Silver Spangled Hamburg - Dotty : Gold Spangled Hamburg Rooster - Patch : .

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post #13 of 15

Yes, Pingu will mellow. He's at the peak of his hormones now, and will be a big pain in the rumble seat for the next six months. After he reaches one year, you should see some calming down. If you can hold out until he's two, he will probably be a very fine rooster.

 

Meanwhile, keep him segregated. It won't hurt him. However, if you can rig up a small pen in the run for him where he can still watch and talk to the girls, he would be much more content.

post #14 of 15
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Having watched Pingu's behaviour with the girls he seemed to be more frisky in the morning than later in the day and at his worst when I open the coop door in the morning. so when he first comes out of the coop I put him into the isolation hutch with the doors pushed to but not secured. It takes him a couple of hours (bless him) to work out that he can open the door himself and join the girls by which time he has calmed down a lot.

Lohman Brown - Daphne : Amberlink - Bess :  3 RIR - Lucky, Nugget & Pip, 2 Rhode Rock - Coco & Sooty : 2 RIR/Light Sussex X - Etta & Belle, Barred Rock Rooster - Pingu : 2 Pekin Bantams - Fuzzy & Ugg : Silver Spangled Hamburg - Dotty : Gold Spangled Hamburg Rooster - Patch : .

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Lohman Brown - Daphne : Amberlink - Bess :  3 RIR - Lucky, Nugget & Pip, 2 Rhode Rock - Coco & Sooty : 2 RIR/Light Sussex X - Etta & Belle, Barred Rock Rooster - Pingu : 2 Pekin Bantams - Fuzzy & Ugg : Silver Spangled Hamburg - Dotty : Gold Spangled Hamburg Rooster - Patch : .

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post #15 of 15
My roosters all do that, they're pretty full of themselves in the morning. It usually only lasts for a few minutes though, and then all is pretty quiet for the rest of the day.
Pingu is a handsome fella, and seems like he'll shape up to be a fine rooster. Good luck smile.png
Nikki
*C'mon, get flappy!*
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