Caging the Roosters

AdairLynn79

In the Brooder
Sep 28, 2021
4
29
36
Hello! I have two sets of chickens that I hatched. One batch the end of June and the other in July. I recently separated all the roosters we are going to butcher from the rest of the flock. There are still two roosters with my hens but now they will not free range like they did before. They just hang around the chicken run where the roosters are.

When does the flock start to accept the younger chickens? The babies of the bunch that were born in July are kind of scared of all the older ones. They have enough room to get away from the bigger ones.

I’m just worried I did the wrong thing by caging all the roosters. I worry the younger chickens won’t stay with the flock when they free range because they are afraid of the older chickens.
Pictured: my younger flock includes Barred Rock, Sapphire Gems, Dominque and EE
Also pictured are the two roosters I am keeping Frank the EE and Henry the RIR
 

Attachments

  • A4286EA5-B307-4FAB-B05B-6669E6FDBC9E.jpeg
    A4286EA5-B307-4FAB-B05B-6669E6FDBC9E.jpeg
    840.8 KB · Views: 1
  • 7048BC91-A94D-4AFE-A1BE-C6D5DCFE798E.jpeg
    7048BC91-A94D-4AFE-A1BE-C6D5DCFE798E.jpeg
    1 MB · Views: 1
  • 006E7A78-34FB-47D6-AEDC-FC0BE531C96D.jpeg
    006E7A78-34FB-47D6-AEDC-FC0BE531C96D.jpeg
    598.6 KB · Views: 1
  • 3B86874A-3FD5-4A75-A329-8E4EB549FE05.jpeg
    3B86874A-3FD5-4A75-A329-8E4EB549FE05.jpeg
    982.2 KB · Views: 1
  • 5D2B5626-B01E-4596-99B0-A9260E9DE5B4.jpeg
    5D2B5626-B01E-4596-99B0-A9260E9DE5B4.jpeg
    1 MB · Views: 1

Acre4Me

Crossing the Road
Nov 12, 2017
6,648
21,546
877
Western Ohio
Females get accepted once they begin to lay eggs. Males get accepted once they hit puberty and begin to mate and take charge of the flock. Of course, there is usually an annoying hormonal teen stage where the males mount every female in sight, and chase them etc. however, since light is getting less each day, winter is coming, that usually reduces the hormonal intensity. The two may fight for dominance, or one will keep to the shadows to stay out of trouble. They may also gang up on some of the females to repeatedly mate, so make sure there are places for them to get out of sight.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom