Help me decide...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by elmo, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    I have three groups of chicks each hatched out and brooded by one of our hens. The chicks are now six and seven weeks old. I have rehomed all but two of the little roosters, and now I'm undecided about how to manage the final two.

    I have two little pullets that I can rehome with the boys. But that will leave one remaining pullet as the "odd chicken out, " with the rest of her hatch siblings gone elsewhere. All the other chicks we're keeping will have one hatch sibling to hang out with. Even though I have been keeping the two younger batches of chicks in a pen together, each clutch stays pretty much to themselves.

    If I keep one of the little pullets to keep this chick company, that means one of the roos will have to go to a new home by himself. However, he's going to have to adjust to new pals, anyway, because we're not willing to part with the two chicks he hatched with.

    I was thinking that if I sent this roo to a new home with one of the pullets from a different clutch (but someone he sort of knows), that might make his transition easier. But maybe not...maybe it wouldn't make any difference at all to him.

    Any thoughts?

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