Preface: Major deaths this year from raccoon's; Chief, a gentle but stupid 5 year old protector, another nice protector dude that was just fitting in but @ 4 weeks later he was gone along with 3 hens during that mix met their maker. All secure now but ****
So now I only have 4 hens left (culled 6 last fall), ten 10 week old chicks that I started integrating 3 days ago and a young wild Leghorn that my neighbor gave me (2nd one in 3 months - see above :-( ) that I've had for 11 weeks. Well, there were 5 hens but one was a maverick that did not take kindly to the new guys advances, he was a virgin coming in :) and basically scalped her. I treated her and let her stay up in the laying box for a couple days but when I kicked her out she literally flew the coop. I couldn't find her but the raccoon's did :(
The issue is the new rooster is really aggressive, more than I've ever seen before towards the new hens in the tractor. The first 2 days he circled the tractor purposefully. Today he was a little less aggressive but was still more concerned with them than I'm accustomed to. Usually I put them in the tractor in the yard for 3-4 days and then put them in the coop at night so they "wake up" together. But this time because he seems so aggressive, I'm thinking of letting them out during the day and monitor his behavior and capture him if he's too crazy on/with them and give him back to my neighbor who's on board with that. The other caveat is I might have one or maybe 2 roosters among my new flock.
1) Go traditional and integrate at night
2) Integrate the 10 into 4 + 1 and monitor for over aggression
3) How long do you recommend I wait to do either 1 or 2 above?
Thanks in advance for your time :)