How to introduce a new roo

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kara_leigh, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2011
    Bradleyville, MO
    I had a wonderful cockerel that disappeared a couple months ago. I think a predator came into our yard and in the process of protecting his flock he was taken. One of my hens had a huge chunk of her wing feathers ripped out, and she was always right next to him, which is why I think that.

    I want to get another roo b/c I think they could use the protection and such since they free range all day long. I also want them to breed. I've had awesome luck integrating chicks into my flock, but I'm not sure if I want to go through raising another one from a chick. Is it possible to integrate an 18-20ish week old cockerel or even a grown roo? How should I do it? Like I said, they free range across about 2 acres all day, but sleep together in a coop at night.

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012

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