how to get old rooster to accept new younger roosters?

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  1. mommacoop25

    mommacoop25 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a 3 year old rooster that we love, he is sweet and gorgeous. However we agreed to take in some chickens for a guy and 2 of them are roosters. they are only 6-8 months old. Today when we tried to integrate the new hens and roosters in with the older ones the old rooster fought and fought and fought with the new one and when the new one tried to go hide the old one just went after him more. Is this natural? Will this stop or will we need to get rid of the new roosters?
    Any advice would be welcomed!
    Thanks
     
  2. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

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    it is normal, they need to establish their 'pecking' order

    you may make it easier by putting them in a dog crate, they they can get to know each other without touching
    or adjacent runs

    also put them in the coop at night
    spritz with vinegar water, all birds, if you saved some of their old bedding, put that in their the day before so it has the new birds smell/poop

    ALSO very important, did you quarantine the new birds? it is important to do a 30-60 day quarantine with new fowl to watch for disease/sickness, that your birds are not familiar with


    Good luck [​IMG]
     
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  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Some adult roosters will not tolerate other males. Some will only tolerate those that are raised up in the flock from a young age. The cockerels you are trying to introduce are old enough to be considered a major threat and your established rooster is behaving in a very normal manner. You may never be able to have the new boys live with the main flock.
     
  4. mommacoop25

    mommacoop25 Out Of The Brooder

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    What does the vinager do? When I put them in coop keep in dog crate?
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Pen looser where aggressor can not get at him. Tomorrow and if need be again repeat. You want winner to get used to new guy not being a threat.
     
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    @junebugga what does the vinager do? do i put the wire dog crate inside the coop at night then?
     
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    @DwayneNLiz what does the vinager do? Also do i put the wire cage in coop also?
     
  8. DwayneNLiz

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    Vinegar neutralizes smells

    Yes u can

    They have a great sense of smell
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The vinegar will do nothing....smell has very little, if anything, to do with territoriality issues during integration of new chickens.

    Get rid of, or at least separate, all but one male asap.
    Curious...about how many birds total, if you have adequate space to house and integrate the number of birds you are dealing with,and what your chicken keeping goals are???

    How did you integrate?
     
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