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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by The Angry Hen, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello everybody,

    I have:
    1 flock with 14 hens,
    1 flock with 4 hens and 1 rooster,
    1 hen alone,
    1 rooster alone,
    1 flock with 2 hens,
    and one flock with both a male and a female guinea hen.

    I want to get the hen that's alone with the lonely rooster, but I don't want the rooster to be too rough should I put them together? Is that okay?

    And would it be okay to take 2 of the 14 hens and put them with both of them?

    My last question is:

    The hen that was with the rooster passed away on Easter- (Happy Late Easter, Sorry!)
    How long is it okay for a rooster to be alone?

    Thanks!
    The Angry Hen,

    P.S
    I wish they all got along but some are too stubborn to become one big flock!
     
  2. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

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    one roo with one hen, the hen would prob be 'overused'

    if it were me i would merge

    1 hen alone,
    1 rooster alone,
    1 flock with 2 hens,

    into their own are, do it an hour or so after dark, with fresh bedding down, or by adding some dirty bedding from the other birds, that way it smells like they have always been there


    Good Luck!!
     
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  3. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you very much for the advice!

    I wish I could put the two hens with the rooster but the one hen was his baby,
    I am not sure but I read somewhere that it might hurt their immune system.
    I wish it was easier! I might try the timing thing, and put two of the fourteen with him and the lonely hen.
    Could that work?

    Thanks again,
    The Angry Hen
     
  4. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

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    it could, and many people line-breed so i dont think putting him in with his heirs would do much of anything
    i have a bunch in with mine
     
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  5. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks!

    I'll give it a try!

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    Have a good day!

    -The Angry Hen
     

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