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I know they don't need a roo

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Reinbeau, May 6, 2009.

  1. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I've had it with my rooster, and I have someone who is going to deal with him this weekend for me. He's almost a year old, very large, a huge Buff Orpington roo who tears the hens up and attacks me every chance he gets.

    What will happen to my flock of 14 hens when he's taken out?

    I know they don't 'need' a roo, but are they better off with one than without one? Is it worth trying to get another one for them, or just leave them be without one?

    If I do get another what is the procedure to introduce them to each other?

    Any help (and answers to each question if you can) would be so appreciated!
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    In my experience removing your roo may have no effect on your
    roos or it may cause the pecking order to be re-established.
    Nothing too extreme should happen, IMO.

    Every time I pull a roo from my laying flock one or two of my hens
    will get more aggressive towards one another but that's about it.

    Introducing a new roo is another unknown. My girls have picked
    on new roos but eventually he starts doing his job.

    Good luck. Enjoy the roasted roo. Yumm.
     
  3. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    Well, I already have mean girls in the coop, so that concerns me, if they get any meaner I think they'll kill the poor hen at the bottom of the order (HennyPenny). Henny is also the worst torn up by the roo. But he's a goner, as I said, I'd like to keep them roo-less for awhile and see how it goes.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    What will happen to my flock of 14 hens when he's taken out?

    As you know, you are dealing with living animals, so who knows? I haven't done it, but from other posts on here, I'd expect one of the hens to take the place of the rooster. You can expect some pecking order issues to decide this. They may or may not be severe.

    I know they don't 'need' a roo, but are they better off with one than without one? Is it worth trying to get another one for them, or just leave them be without one?

    That's your judgment call. Some people like the personality of the rooster but if another hen takes the part,.....

    If I do get another what is the procedure to introduce them to each other?

    If the rooster is immature, he will be at the bottom of the pecking order. If he is confident inhis maturity, he'll take charge. That much I've gotten from posts on here. Whether you need to house them next to each other for a while, I don't know. I'd think it would not matter. Either he takes charge or he doesn't.

    Bottom line. I don't know but this is what I'd expect.

    Good luck!!!
     
  5. backpack09

    backpack09 Out Of The Brooder

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    If you are looking to replace Stumpy, let me know in a month or so... I am sure I will have 1 or six that I don't need. [​IMG]

    (silly chickens knocked the camera over on me today)
     
  6. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    A hen needs a roo like a fish needs a bicycle.
     
  7. backpack09

    backpack09 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, the fish in my tank love the lil scuba guy on a bike... [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2009
  8. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    Dan, do I want to replace Stumpy with Stumpy Jr? [​IMG] Those mean genes may win out. I think I'll try it without a roo for a while. So if you want to try for more, you'd better get here soon, cuz I'm really serious, he's gone.
     
  9. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

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  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I gave my Roo away. I don't think my girls even noticed.
     

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