Free-Ranging the New Guy

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

  1. BarredRocks3

    BarredRocks3 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    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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