A NEW ROOOSTER IN THE FLOCK

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HAPPYCHICKENLADY17, May 18, 2019.

  1. HAPPYCHICKENLADY17

    HAPPYCHICKENLADY17 Songster

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    i have 16 laying hens and 1 rooster (buff orphington) he is 18 weeks......he is tearing up my hens...they fight back and make him run and hide......i feel i should give him a chance, i was not expecting to ever have a roos...have no intentions on hatching any baby chicks... he got mixed up with the buff pullets i purchased......confused on what to do with him....he jumped on my ameraucana and 12 feathers flew off her....made me sad for her........please help...think i should rehome him????
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    It can take a cockerel a while to perfect his mating skills. Some recommend separating cockerels from the flock and reintroducing them when they are more mature and slightly less testosterone driven.
     
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  3. HAPPYCHICKENLADY17

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    i have no where to put him til he matures, except a large dog cage, he will go crazy locked up there
     
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Free Ranging

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    Yes, I think you should rehome him if possible. You did not plan to get him, and roosters are kind of a crap shoot, and don't always work out in every flock. They take some experience, and they need some age.

    And I think he is stressing you, always solve for the peace of the flock, not every bird will work.

    Mrs K
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    18 weeks is peak for problems...
    ....pullets aren't ready to mate and most cockerels don't know that.
    I'd have put him on the grill a month ago.

    At least put him in the crate for most the day to protect the girls.
    No he won't like it, but he'll adjust.
     

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