adding a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by packinaglock, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. packinaglock

    packinaglock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 9 chicks about 8 weeks old and a hen thats laying. I am thinking about getting a rooster, is it ok to introduce a rooster to this flock( is it safe). Or do I have to wait till the others are bigger?
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    If you get one the same age as them, it should be fine after the initial pecking order thing is done.
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I would get a young roo...just a little younger than the littlest chicks you have and add him to the crew. That way they grow up together and no gets hurt [​IMG] Good luck
     
  4. packinaglock

    packinaglock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Darn, someone wanted to give me one but it is full grown.[​IMG]
     
  5. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Remember to quarantine to prevent introducing parasites to your current flock
     
  6. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens matured about a month after my roosters. So for a month I had to separate my hens from any rooster. The roosters were just too rough and the hens were just not interested. So I'd wait until all your hens were mature (laying) and then look for a rooster.
     

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