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Late last night our dog was barking furiously-unusual for her. This morning there is a strange rooster free ranging with my flock. I have an orpington rooster who I can hear off in the woods. I'm sure this rooster was dumped last night. He is skittish...I can't get very close but he seems healthy. I now don't know what diseases he might have brought to my flock. What should I do?
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I'd recommend waiting until it begins to get dark and going out to watch where he roosts. Birds are much easier to catch during the night. After he is captured, you can decide what to do with him; you can eat him, try to rehome him, or keep him.

If you decide to keep him you should definitely do a quarantine period, even if he has already interacted with your flock; not all diseases will be spread quickly or from just a few moments of contact. Keep in mind that the chances of him having any disease are low. Not by any means impossible, but not necessarily common either. Quarantine is of course a very important safety measure and should always be used as a precaution, but it is just that, a precaution, and not often does it prove to be more than that. Keep a close eye on your flock the coming few weeks anyways, but try not to worry too much.

If you don't decide to keep him, you should keep him separate in the meantime while you determine what to do with him.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Thank you, QueenMisha. I've only been keeping chickens for 3 years, so my experience is limited. I've heard my Jubilee rooster today, but haven't seen him. I'm wondering if this roo fought with him this morning and chased him off since he's not at all aggressive...a pretty laid back fella. Just so infuriating that people can dump their unwanted animals like that.

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:welcome

 

Good advice from QueenMisha so I'll just say hello and thanks for joining us.

 

Good luck, not an easy decision to make.

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post #5 of 6

Maybe if you keep this roo in quarantine,   your roo  will come back.  I sure hope he does.  Non aggressive roos are hard to  find.

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post #6 of 6

Hi and welcome to BYC. The new roo is likely to fight with your existing roo for supremacy - personally i would not tolerate the imposter under any circumstances.

 

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