In the Brooder
- Jan 16, 2010
In late October I hatched 3 eggs. I thought I ended up with 2 males and one female as 2 began to crow after a couple of months. When I introduced my new chickens into my flock, one of my assumed roosters/cockerels stopped crowing, was very flighty and frightened and was getting very picked on. Eventually he got so pecked that I seperated him from the flock. It has been several days and still no crowing. My obvious male and my pullet have adjusted well. The cockerel defends and cares for the pullet he was raised with but, abandoned my now unsexed chicken. Do I have a female that attempted crowing? Do I have a male that just doesn't get it? The chicken in question is a jersey giant (my first), I know that physically they develop late. Do they mentally develop late as well? Could it be a male that just wasn't ready to be added to the flock? Regardless of sex, how do I reintroduce this bird into the flock? I have never just added one and the other 2 newbies are already in the fold. Any advice would be appreciated.