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I have 2 pullets, a Wyandotte and a Buff Orpington , that are approx. 40 weeks old.  They are steadily providing me with 1 to 2 eggs a day.  They are in a coop with run enclosed in a 10' by 17' area.

 

Inside this is a smaller run area (enclosed) containing an English Game Bantam - age unknown.  He was given to me about the same time I got the girls and I am assuming him to be grown.

 

The rooster's coop & run share a hardware cloth side with the girls, so they have always been in view of each other but without any physical contact.

 

Our temps have been dropping into the 20's and the rooster has developed some frostbite on his comb.  I treated it with Neosporin which seems to be helping.

 

My question is - Would it help to allow him to be in with the girls?  I wonder if they would all huddle together at night and the girls feathers would help to keep him warm?  And of course I wonder if their finally being together would create any problems.


Edited by DrCB - 1/26/16 at 5:00pm
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I'm wondering why you're keeping him separated? Chickens are social animals, and much happier when they can have company.

As far as potential problems, there will likely be some pecking order squabbles, but It's impossible to predict what other problems may occur.
Edited by bobbi-j - 1/26/16 at 6:29pm

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I have 2 pullets, a Wyandotte and a Buff Orpington , that are approx. 40 weeks old.  They are steadily providing me with 1 to 2 eggs a day.  They are in a coop with run enclosed in a 10' by 17' area.

 

Inside this is a smaller run area (enclosed) containing an English Game Bantam - age unknown.  He was given to me about the same time I got the girls and I am assuming him to be grown.

 

The rooster's coop & run share a hardware cloth side with the girls, so they have always been in view of each other but without any physical contact.

 

Our temps have been dropping into the 20's and the rooster has developed some frostbite on his comb.  I treated it with Neosporin which seems to be helping.

 

My question is - Would it help to allow him to be in with the girls?  I wonder if they would all huddle together at night and the girls feathers would help to keep him warm?  And of course I wonder if their finally being together would create any problems.

If you're having frostbite issues, could it be a lack of ventilation? Moisture in the air that is unable to escape the coop is the main cause for frostbite.

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I have good air flow - big vents at the top of the coop.

 

But what about the question concerning keeping him warm by being with them?

post #5 of 6
Yes allowing him to "snuggle" with the girls will help keep him warmer. I do agree though that frostbite comes from moister build up so i would add ventalation to where evere the game roo was located if you plan to keep more chickens in thi area.
Set him free to be with the girls,he'll be happier, they will help him warm up, and they will have someone else to interact with. It's a win no matter how you look at it.
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Thanks.

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