Combining the flock for the down season??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Cadeau, May 24, 2011.

  1. Cadeau

    Cadeau Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    So...this is my first year with different breeding sets.
    I've always just had a big layer pen with everyone free ranging.

    I've read several different posts where people combine their flock for the winter.

    So....how is it done?

    I can see the hens figuring it out, eventually.
    BUT - what about the Roos? Do they go into a "bachelor pad?"

    Do I need more square footage than normal to give some "personality" some room?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Hmmm, I'm not sure of the answer so I'll give you a bump.

    I have two flocks that free range together - cockerels, roos, hens, chicks and all - but everybody goes to their own coop at night.
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't really understand what advice your asking for. I have two separate flocks that free range & my flocks roam around the farm as separate flocks. One flock is the offspring of the other.One flock consist of 10 hens & one roo. The other flock is the offspring of the other flock which consist of 16 pullets which are around 8 months younger. The younger flock stays close to their coop. While the other flock roams greater distances .
     
  4. Cadeau

    Cadeau Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    It appears that some breeders keep separate pairs/trios/quads, etc. together all spring/early summer for breeding

    THEN put the flock back into one or two big groups for the winter/non-breeding/hatching season.


    The question is - HOW is this best done?
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Not sure, so I'll give you another bump. [​IMG]
     
  6. Cadeau

    Cadeau Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    Thanks Gritsar!!
     
  7. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I am probably no help.........but have read about others who do this.


    Yes, the roosters go into their own coop. Some folks keep the roos all together in one coop with a run - the roosters have to work out their "new" fall pecking order each fall.

    Some folks have individual, smaller type cage/coops for the roos - so each roo gets his own pad, and there is no fighting.


    There is also usually fighting/squabbles in the hens' coop also, as they decide their pecking order.
     

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