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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rooster brandon., Sep 12, 2010.
have three road island reds. if i get a barred rock hen will they get along.......
It's never a good idea to get singletons. If you want to increase your flock it's a better idea to get multiples. That way when integration time rolls around they can share the abuse that the established flock is going to dish out. One lone chicken really gets the stuffing beaten out of it.
whats singletons one chicken i have 1 rooster and two hens
Yes...she meant one single bird. One bird alone introduced will generally get really picked on unless your original birds are just an especially mild mannered breed. I wouldn't consider RIRs especially mild mannered. If you're adding birds, it would be better to add two...
Getting one bird and throwing it in with a flock of strangers barely ever ends well. It would be better the get a few new birds rather than one.
Any time a new bird or birds are added to a flock, the flock dynamics are altered. There will be fighting sometimes severe or even deadly until the pecking order is reestablished. Just a fact of life in the chicken yard.
It takes time and patience to introduce chickens. Kind of like teenagers. Slowly and carefully.
A major concern is bringing in disease or parasites, which is why a minimum 30 day quarantine is highly recommended.
As an addendum, the recommended ratio is 10 hens per rooster, especially when dealing with Rhode Island Reds.
so how do i do this?
The Barred Rock will take a shilacking, first it is the new kid and second the coloring is different than the Reds. I would get a coulpe more Rocks to even the odds. Sharks and Jets! Let them get used to each other slowly. There still will be the matter of pecking order, But that's not as bad as a constant beat down.