Can you keep just 1 hen & 1 roo together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TerriLaChicks, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 23, 2008
    Central Louisiana
    Looks like I'm going to end up with a pair of Welsummers-at 3 weeks of age one is showing much more definite signs of a comb than the other one. Also, the one showing the comb signs was lighter in color than the other one.

    Will it be safe to keep them together as a pair, or will the roo tear up the hen's back? I could integrate him into my family laying flock so he would have 3 other hens, but I want to hatch some eggs from this pair as they are very high quality birds who came from very pretty dark terra cotta eggs.
  2. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    It will be fine to keep them together.
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    You could integrate them both into the main flock, then just seperate them as a pair long enough to get the # of eggs you want from THEM. Then let them back with the main flock.
  4. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    My RIR lived with a single hen as a pair for a while befoe I got more chickens.They lived well together and are still closer to each other then the rest of the hens.

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