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Originally Posted by Maerzie View Post

I just got a new rooster & put him on the roost with my 7 "roosterless" hens. Checked them in the morning, and they are taking turns pecking at him. He won't fight back, just cowering in any corner he can find, like a wimp! Is there any hope for this rooster to intermingle and do his roostering?

Welcome to BYC!

 

How old are all the birds involved?

I'm betting your 'rooster' is a cockerel yet (under one year old), immature and maybe even less than 5-6 months old.

Most any new bird (except a full grown mature cockbird) thrown into a flock will be harassed.

 

 

Read up on integration.....  BYC advanced search>titles only>integration

This is good place to start reading:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

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 #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Maerzie View Post

I just got a new rooster & put him on the roost with my 7 "roosterless" hens. Checked them in the morning, and they are taking turns pecking at him. He won't fight back, just cowering in any corner he can find, like a wimp! Is there any hope for this rooster to intermingle and do his roostering?

This same thing happened to us when we were introducing our rooster. He was in fact only about 4 months old at the time. He would cower in the corners and let the girls peck him and pull out his beautiful tail. Then one day he started crowing and just took over the whole flock. I guess he must have been slowly fighting his way up the pecking order and then that day was finally able to overtake the top hen. This spring we hatched chicks from him and our girls! They were and are so cute, although they are no longer chicks anymore. We got a great hatch rate! 9/10 eggs. So it just takes a little time, if he is being seriously injured I was suggest maybe separating him for a little while til he heals, but bring him by the coop everyday to see the girls to help them get used to him. I hope it goes well for you and your little roo!
Edited by Lil Peeps - 6/10/16 at 3:49pm
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