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Introducing pullets to cockerels

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I recently took in two pullets after learning my pullets were cockerels(lol)
The roosters are kind of keeping the pullets inside the coop and when they come into the run, they somewhat chase them around and peck. Is this normal?
Edited by amyfett - 5/13/16 at 10:21pm
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How many cockerels and how many pullets do you have?  Several young cockerels attempting to mate with the pullets at the same time can be a big problem.

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I have 2 cockerels and 2 pullets. I'm not sure about my Cornish X
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I have 2 cockerels and 2 pullets. I'm not sure about my Cornish X

You need to get rid of one or both males, put them in a bachelor pad, or add at least a dozen more females. Two cockerels is too much testosterone for only 2 pullets.

 

If you are raising the Cornish X for meat they are ready to butcher at 7-8 weeks so what sex they are won't matter. If you are trying to raise them as pets then you have another management issue. If you want them to live beyond 3 months they must be raised differently from other chickens.

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You need to get rid of one or both males, put them in a bachelor pad, or add at least a dozen more females. Two cockerels is too much testosterone for only 2 pullets.

If you are raising the Cornish X for meat they are ready to butcher at 7-8 weeks so what sex they are won't matter. If you are trying to raise them as pets then you have another management issue. If you want them to live beyond 3 months they must be raised differently from other chickens.

Yes for meat. Thatnis why I haven't put much thought or concerns into what he/she is. It will be in our freezer next week. I absolutely love him/her. Sweetest thing eve. But I don't want to have him/her suffer with weight or heart issues. Okay thank you. I may have to adopt him out or build another coop etc. at what age should this be critical?
Edited by amyfett - 5/14/16 at 9:41am
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