Incorperatring a roo in with your hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Roxannemc, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Songster

    Mar 30, 2012
    SE Missouri
    I have 3 Lb hens that are 9 months old and a roo that is about 16 weeks old.
    Id like them to be together.
    He is in a different pen Since hes a roo can i just put him in or should there be some getting -to- know- you time with him seperated from them for a week just where they see each other?
    OR can he be out free ranging with them an hour or so and then go in with them that night ?
    Should he be older? He doesnt crow yet
    Their coop is small.
    Thanks ahead.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I would definitely free range him with them and then see what happens in the coop.
    The hens already have a pecking order and the dom hen will probably dominate him for a while too.
    The fact that the coop is small can make it more challenging.
    He'll figure it out.
    I put 2 older hens in a pen with 2 pullets and a roo the age of yours and one of the hens chest bumps him to keep him subdued.

    Rooster dynamics are a little different than bringing another hen. The hens normally like to see a boy around though they do remain coy.

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