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How To Integrate a Wile Rooster!?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tripp16, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Ok so about a week ago I had a really pretty rooster show up by my layer hens run. He doesnt roost on the fence or anywhere near the run he goes way out in the woods (which I followed him to his roosting place) he goes and flys about 30 feet up into a cedar tree. He hops on each branch until he gets to where he wants to roost. I have no idea who he belongs too and he wont leave.
    He comes back every morning at sunrise and crows on the top of the fence by the hens! I dont have a rooster with my layers but if he is going to hang out all day by them I mine as well give in and let him in. The thing is I dont have a opening in my run that he can get through or that I can open. (I feed inside) and the first part of the coop is for my silkies the back half is for the layer hens. I have no idea how to get him in. He wont let me get more than 10 feet to him. Im still trying to win him over. Any ideas on how to catch him?

    Also Im afraid that he may fight with my lead hen. She does not like him.

    One of the reasons Im considering taking him in is because my friends say their roos protect them from predators. Like hawks which I have had a HUGE problem with lately!

    Sorry to keep going on and on! What do you guys think? Leave him out of the run or let him come in and let him stay.

    P.s. ever since my little bantam hen went broody I would love to start up a self sustaining flock and that cant be done without a rooster......

    Here is the big guy!


  2. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    No one?
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Wowzers! He is beautiful! Can you pen your silkies with the layers for a little while and bait him into the pen? Or herd him into it- get down sorta low and hold your arms out. Then as he walks, steer him where you want him to go- into the pen. If he's shy, you're probably not going to be able to catch. You could always grab a ladder and a flashlight and snag him out of his tree in the middle of the night....good luck!
  4. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I know he is beautiful! [​IMG] I cant put the silkies with the layers because the layers are mean to the little ones. I may put the silkies out in the big girls run then lock the girls in the silkie pen to lore him in with their good lucks! [​IMG]

    The thing is! I have a broody hen who is hatching chicks so I may wait a few days to make sure she is done hatching to move him in. That way it doesnt stress momma out.
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Rooster looks like a game rooster or red jungle fowl. Capture can be achieved by baiting a wire box trap with something like scratch grains placed in location he frequents. He should not pose a risk to dominant hen as she will likely accept a full adult rooster like him with little or no problem.
  6. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Ok thanks! Ill try and catch him. Lets hope your right about the no problems.
  7. He's a beauty and definately some kind of American Game. He will make a great addition to your flock. If that hen sasses him, he will merely knock some since into her and she will be in love from that point on. You will love him.........Pop


    AHDCST Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    [​IMG] Okay, please tell me you believe me now about the roosters being a good thing! He is a beauty and would make some very pretty babies! He'll be fine and the hens will only cross him once. The brat (a.k.a. Gracie) is safe and sound tucked in her hutch with her little ones. I say give him free reign of the layers and their run once you get him inside that is.
  9. stilldeb

    stilldeb Songster

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    Rooster is GOR-GEOUS! Go get him!

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