Chicks in with a roo???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FreedomFarm13, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. FreedomFarm13

    FreedomFarm13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey there, everyone! So, my EE roo, Monty, was the sole survivor of an attack on my flock last month, so I decided to get him some new playmates next week. I'm getting three Ameraucana day-old chicks-- pullets. My question is, after they've been brooded inside for about five weeks, would it be ok to add them right to the coop with my roo? I can set something up where he can see them but not touch them first, if need be (actually, I'll probably do that either way), but I'm wondering how long I should do something like that before adding the chicks with him completely. He's a major gentleman, never even THOUGHT about being aggressive, and he followed my old Welsummer hen around like a lost puppy when he was about five weeks old. I've just never added chicks in with a roo before (especially one who's used to being the only chicken now) and was wondering if any of you fine folks had some suggestions on ways to make the transition easier for all parties. Any tips or advice is welcome and greatly appreciated. Thanks, everybody!!!


    ETA: Monty is 6 months old, btw. That's why I'm concerned about the chicks being in with him....he's kinda reaching his sexual maturity at this point, right? Is there any chance he'd try to mate them?
     
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    He will not try and mate with them, no. If you do the "look and no touch method" (as you plan to) for a while, AND you are present during the first "real" introductions I'd say they should be fine. If you give them escape / refuge areas where he cannot get to them, and you watch them I would imagine all will be ok.

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  3. FreedomFarm13

    FreedomFarm13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thank you so much! Sorry about the newbie questions, this is my first time having a roo and I don't know a whole lot about their normal behavior. I'll just do what you suggested, then, and keep an eye on everybody for a while. Thanks again!!
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'd say try it and see how it goes. While they're littles, he'll probably be fine with them. My roosters have never attacked a chick of either gender.

    But, as they age, he may try to mate them while they're still immature. He'll be mature, and with no other sexual outlet he may try mounting the pullets when they're too young. He won't really hurt them, but it can lead to a lot of fear on their part and screaming/fighting and pulled feathers. Of course, you may get that when they're mature enough and just learning to mate. You'll have to keep an eye on them and decide what your personal tolerance is.
     
  5. FreedomFarm13

    FreedomFarm13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, will do! Thank you so much!!!
     

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