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Integrating a single 6 week old cockerel to six 4 week old pullets

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ashleymroles, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. ashleymroles

    ashleymroles Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought my girls just over four weeks ago and they've been together in the brooder since. I recently adopted adopted a six week old cockerel for protection when the girls go outside. He's extremely calm, though noticeably bigger than the girls. I'm quarantining him for now, but will I have to go through all the steps for integrating new members to a flock or are the girls young enough to accept a new member without issue?

    TIA
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't need to go threw all that trouble.Sit him in here,and if he is becoming too aggressive,then put him in a cage alone.often times they will spar for a few seconds but,that's just them figuring out the pecking order.
     
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  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The girls might be curious and start doing their lil growls,trying to square up.Some don't even acknowledge the fact that new members are there (When their young.)I added a young rooster with another rooster and they didn't even realize that they were there.They are probably 2 weeks apart.
     
  4. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will have a little scuffling here and there (all chicks do anyways) and they will get used to him. You shouldn't have any bad fighting of issue from the pullets, I would keep a close eye on any sores developing on any of the chicks or anything similar that could cause a more serious issue later on. I have a happy flock of chicks that are 10 and 9 weeks old, it works really well after the tussles are over.
     
  5. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those roosters are grown now,and their little baby fights,our big bloody fights.
     
  6. Braxton Brigade

    Braxton Brigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Umm you may want to seperate them if that's happening, my guys never get to that point and they are well around 4 pounds each.
     

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