Adding a rooster and new hens to my flock


5 Years
Apr 13, 2014
I currently have 10 isa brown hens and they are all just over a year old. I would like to add 10 more hens and a rooster they are 19 weeks old coming from the same farm I got the originals from. Should I still quarantine the new ones and will the rooster help reduce hen pecking?


Crossing the Road
10 Years
Mar 15, 2010
On the MN prairie.
There are varying opinions on quarantining new chickens. Personally, if I got them all from the same source, I wouldn't. I have added to my flock from now and then without doing it, but I only got them from trusted sources. I have never purchased a chicken from a show or swap. If I did, I probably would do it. I don't think the rooster is going to be much help until he establishes his place in the pecking order. From what I've observed, a rooster doesn't automatically become the flock leader - he has to earn it.
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