In the Brooder
- Feb 16, 2017
In need of a chicken whisperer or expert. We have 4, year old hens, one year old rooster. 4, 8wk old chicks (hopefully pullets) and eggs in the incubator. We tried for months to get the rooster in with the hens to no avail. Currently we have one hen in with them and they are doing great but she is getting overuse. The plan was to raise a flock for him because the other hens won't have anything to do with him. At what age is it safe to put the chicks in with him and the other hen? We moved one hen in with them and she won't let the roo near the overuse hen and they have been fighting but not bad. I need suggestions on the whole situation. The picture is of our runs and coops layouts. We usually have the 3 hens in the 10x6 run. I put the chicks in the tractor in the am, and the roo and hen are in the 10x30. Our goal is to have 2 flocks. One of layers and one of fertilized, or one of laying and put the roo in as needed (I'm ok with either option). We will be building a bigger commune for the chickens later this year or early next year and will be able to free range then but not at this time.