I am afraid my rooster will hurt my new girls

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lrayle, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. lrayle

    lrayle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have just gotten 4 new hens they are 7 months old and they are in the holding area until the 30 days is up before they get to go in with the others. But our rooster runs at their lot and scares them. I really hate to put these babies out for him to abuse. I just dont know what to expect
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    They'll likely be fine....he's just testing the waters.


    Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.
    See if any of them, or the links provided, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:

    Integration of new chickens into flock.


    Consider medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact. Integrating new birds of equal size works best.

    For smaller chicks I used a large wire dog crate right in the coop for the smallers. I removed the crate door and put up a piece of wire fencing over the opening and bent up one corner just enough for the smallers to fit thru but the biggers could not. Feed and water inside the crate for the smallers. Make sure the smallers know how to get in and out of the crate opening before exposing them to the olders. this worked out great for me, by the time the crate was too small for the them to roost in there(about 3 weeks), they had pretty much integrated themselves to the olders.

    If you have too many smallers to fit in a crate you can partition off part of the coop with a wire wall and make the same openings for smallers escape.


    The more space, the better. Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places for the new birds to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from any bully birds.

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     
  3. lrayle

    lrayle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes I have them in quarantine for the 30 days I just worry about how the rooster will treat them He is 9 months old and I am afraid he might be to aggressive to them even through they are the same size as all the other hens
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    If the rooster is charging close enough to the new birds enclosure to scare them,
    you are not doing a true quarantine.

    There will be scuffles once you actually integrate them.....the rooster will try to dominate them, and the ther hens will too.......it might not be pretty, but let them work it out.
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Quarantine means putting the new chickens where there is absolutely NO contact. Far enough away that the chickens are not even breathing the same air. If they are penned side by side, the new chickens will share all of their germs.
     
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