Adding a rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bwhnt1024, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. bwhnt1024

    bwhnt1024 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2011
    A friend of mine has to get rid of his rooster & asked if I'd take him. Said he's pretty friendly & just has to get rid of him due to the crowing in his neighborhood. I currently have 5 hens that are 14 weeks old. The rooster is an easter egger and is the same age as my hens. How is the best way for me to try this introduction or shouldn't I bother?
  2. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    It's up to you, but I would make sure to quarantine the rooster for 30 days. Even though it appears healthy I wouldn't take a chance with your 5 hens. Once the 30 days are up, I would place them together and watch them. IMO, you shouldn't have any problem.
  3. hoog

    hoog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Five hens all to himself, He will be very happy and likely the hens will enjoy having him around too. If he is young he might wear them out though. Scratching off back the poor girls feathers.

    Definitely quarantine!

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