Free-Ranging the New Guy

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BarredRocks3, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. BarredRocks3

    BarredRocks3 In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2013
    New Hampshire
    My new cockerel has been kept in my coop and run with the hens for 3 months. He is only starting to be accepted now but, he will not let me handle him and when I do, it gets ugly. I regularly free-range my other hens but, I have not let him out yet, last time I did he ran away for the whole weekend (this was in October and he came back.) Should I let him out or hold off until he's fully part of the flock?
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Songster

    Jul 29, 2013
    Southern Illinois
    I think it's safe to have another try. I would just kind of keep an eye on them for a couple of days (especially on the first day) and make sure he's not wondering off to anywhere he shouldn't be. That's what I do when I introduce newbies who haven't ranged with my birds before.
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    How old is he?, the hens? Do you have other roosters? Kind of odd that a cockerel would have that much of a problem being accepted into a flock of hens after three months. Some of my birds have never happily accepted being handled by people, so I tend not to use that as a guide.

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