Brooding Hens and a rooster

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by emjay, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. emjay

    emjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    next year, I was hoping to get a couple fancy hens and a rooster, so that my daughter can see the eggs hatch and see them with their mom. Once the hen has layed a clutch of eggs and they hatch, do I need to seperate the rooster to a seperate run?
  2. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Shawnee, OKlahoma
    If you just have 1 hen and 1 roo then they should be fine. But in general you need to seperate the hen and the eggs from the rest of the group so she can tend to her babies without fighting with everyone. I have seen my other hens be more aggressive to little ones, and my roosters just leave them alone.
  3. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I had the same experience. When momma and chick joined the rest of the flock, the rooster was fine with it, but the other hens went after the chick. Of course, momma hen defended her baby but it led to some interesting moments in the coop! The rooster I had at the time just stood and watched it all. The 2 buff rock roosters I have now will break up a henfight.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
  5. emjay

    emjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    thanks for your help, it's good to know.
    I don't want to put any lives in jeopardy. and my daughter would be appalled, want all my bases covered before I get going.

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