Blind date with neighbors rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jkg, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. jkg

    jkg Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a few hens and live in a very Mike and Carole Brady neighborhood. A neighbor down the street has a rooster but no hens (illegal, but none of the neighbors seem to care). Over a few beers, we were joking about getting his dude and my babes together. Is this just asking for problems? Can a rooster come into a roosterless flock and everyone get along? Would the chickens enjoy this or is it just stressful?

    I'm not sure if I'm setting up a play date for the girls or pimping them out. If his rooster has too much fun, I think I'll charge him.
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Well, I guess it is going to depend on the chickens. Are your hens older than the rooster?
     
  3. Southern Chickens

    Southern Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hens should be fine. I did it when I was younger and only had hens. They will peck at each other and might even fight a few times untill he lets them know, he's the man. I had a hen that decided that she would be the rooster since I didn't have one! She even crowed! When I did get the roster, those two fought like they where both roosters! It didn't last long, once the rooster SHOWED that he was indeed the rooster. You may get some babies out of the visit, too. Good Luck!
     
  4. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    We put our roo in with the girlies long after they had established their own little pecking order. To make matters worse he was a little smaller and much younger than they were. He got picked on at first but the very day he learned to crow all the girlies started giving him a little more respect and now he's definitely the head honcho in charge.
     
  5. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only good reason to do this is if you are trying to get fertile eggs for hatching. Other than that it will be an unnecessary disruption to your flock and you may be getting into that grey area of flock management that suggests keeping a closed flock for health reasons.

    JMHO
     
  6. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have seen the dominant hens FIGHT the rooster.... flying up and kicking just like any rooster would do.. and a few combs might get bloodied
    so once THAT is settled everything should be fine..

    if he has been by himself for a month or so you should not have to quarentine him either
     

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