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Hi from Florida

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Carlena, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. Carlena

    Carlena Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 4 Reds ((hens)) raised from baby chicks to laying hens.

    Just recently got a full grown tiny rooster and trying to get him placed in with the hens. Looking for lots of advice on how to do that. I told a story on another persons thread if you wish to read it, it's kinda funny how the olé rooster sneaks in the roost at night time but is terrified of the hens in the daytime lol

    It's Great to be here and have finally signed in, although I been a 'lurker' for almost a year

    Lotsa good tips I've used from here..

    Thanks,
    Carlena
     
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Last week I put my old rooster with three young hens. The old coot thinks he died and went to chicken heaven.
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  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi Carlena and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us (gotta beat lurking for sure). I'd say that after quarantine, two nights locked in the coop and he'll be good to go (thats how long i leave mine in the coop before they go out and about and they seem to know where to return on an evening). He'll be fine with your girls, although don't be surprised to see your alpha hen give him a bit of a pecking initially.

    All the best
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  4. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you decided to join us Carlena!! It sounds like CT pretty much just told you all you needed to know- good luck with your rooster.
     
  5. Carlena

    Carlena Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the warm Welcome.

    I Think I'm very worried to let them be with him cause even though he's full grown, the hens are at least 3 times as big as he is. When the 2 'witches' come after him he runs, yells and hides. I will try to get a picture of there size compared to him and post it.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    That is the way most flocks are when a new bird or birds are introduced. You are right to be concerned for him. Pecking order can be a savage thing if not supervised. Please check out the "integration" threads (put in search box) and they will pop up. The best way is the "look but don't touch method." Basically you partition off part of the coop and run, or use a safe cage. You would put the new rooster in the cage(with food and water) so the others can see him and check him out without being able to harm him. After a period of time they will just ignore him. Then you supervise any time he spends together with themloose. If you have some really nasty birds, they may need to be in cages for a few days so they are knocked lower on the pecking order, when they come back.
     
  8. Carlena

    Carlena Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, I did the partition for 5 days and then I let him out supervised with me sitting in with a long stick....the 2 dominant ones when they tried to chase and peck him all I had to do was raise the stick and they would 'back off'....one is fine now but the other one is still doing it, and I clicked a picture of her and if you really notice she has that 'look' of being Bossy

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    I am gonna block her off today and see if that works....thank you for all the advice, I appreciate it
     
  9. Carlena

    Carlena Out Of The Brooder

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    Notice the size of them compared to him?? The one beside him is the sweetest to him and he has even 'mounted' her but he fits at her head so I don't see any real breeding here lol. The dominant one looking on is the only problem then he's good to go FREE .... He is such a Sweet rooster that wants to 'belong' to the Group
     
  10. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Hi Carlena, [​IMG]

    You've been given some good advice already so I'll just say it's nice to have you here!
     

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