He loves his girls, but I don't want to breed from them. I want to "swap" them out with some of the other pullets for him (I may have found a home for the SS girls). Will he totally hate me for taking his girls, or will he forget and just have new girls? Seems silly to ask, but he is so good with these girls, wasn't sure how transferable that would be...
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All roosters become extremely excited with new hens. Even if he has a favorite, he will quickly or even immediately forget about her when there are new hens right in front of him.
I don't think it is a silly question- I know of roosters just like Tank and how there's a trust/bond between them right now but to be honest the bond is very transferable.
If he is the kind of rooster he seems to be, he will spent quite a lot of energy courting the new hens- lots of dancing, tidbitting etc. But just in case it is allright if he does chase a new hen.. many roosters will chase down a new hen then spend a lot of time courting. making new flock dynamics.
On the other hand, if a rooster is suddenly deprived of all hens.. he will carry on with calling and searching for them.
Don't think it makes much difference introducing the new hens individually or all at once- except for roosters that react to new hens by repeatedly chasing them down, all at once would be better.
This is very helpful. Plan would be to remove all four at once to a new home, and immediately replace with the two Aloha NN girls (Great and Grace) and two or three of the Cream Legbar pullets that are in the same group (so, all pullets know each other/live together now). They are all roughly 16 weeks old right now - should I wait until they are older? I was thinking I could set up the "courting at a distance" set up where he can see them and be near them as they approach POL, but is not with them yet. That's the arrangement that led to his relationship with the current SS. It would call for building some more housing, though... Hmmm...
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