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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rooster brandon., Sep 12, 2010.

  1. rooster brandon.

    rooster brandon. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have three road island reds. if i get a barred rock hen will they get along.......
     
  2. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um, yes [​IMG]
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    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.

    Good luck.
     
  4. rooster brandon.

    rooster brandon. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    whats singletons one chicken i have 1 rooster and two hens:fl
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    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...
     
  6. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    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.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    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.
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    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.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=12751


    As an addendum, the recommended ratio is 10 hens per rooster, especially when dealing with Rhode Island Reds.
     
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  9. rooster brandon.

    rooster brandon. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so how do i do this?
     
  10. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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! [​IMG] 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.
     
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