Any experience introducing a hen to a lone Roo??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by glassparman, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. glassparman

    glassparman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2008
    Mojave, CA
    I have a barred rock roo who has been in his own pen since he was about 4 months old. This pen is isolated away from the other birds. All he can see all day is several turkeys but he does not have access to them.

    Now he is 8 months old and I want to breed him with a Rhode Island Red. I tried to put her in there and all his feathers stuck up on the back of his neck and he just went wild trying to attack my poor girl. I figured he wanted a girlfriend but boy was I wrong!

    Is it because he did not know it was a hen? Should I put her in a pen right next to him for a while so he can "check her out".

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would pen her by him for a couple days, then just let them out in the yard if you can and keep an eye on them.
    Hopefully someone else will chime in that has done this.

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