Integration with uppity little cockerel

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Stephine, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I have two little SFH I am working on integrating into my flock of 12 hens.
    They have a 2x4 xpen set up in the coop and one in the run. Things were going well until recently the little roo has started to posture whenever one of the ladies stops by for a visit. Granted, the hens most frequently visiting seem to be the ones that want to assert themselves over the newcomers as they are lower on the totempole in their flock, so I get it that they are not just saying friendly hello. But I would feel better if little Westley showed deference instead of challenging them... little Buttercup, the pullet, always just backs away when one of the hens approaches the fence.
    Do you think more time in the pen will help them sort this out or will little Westley have to get his fluffy butt kicked
    eventually, to learn his place - at least until mature? He hasn't even crowed yet!
    They are 11 weeks old today.
    Oh, as an aside: I was a bit late transferring the littles from their outside oen to their coop pen last night so they arrived to a dim coop. The roo went right up on their roost, but Buttercup was looking towards the big hens ' roost, and the little rooster on his roost and crouching over and over getting ready to jump for an eternity and then finally jumped up against the fence in the direction of the big roost.... I was amazed that she felt ready to roost with the big girls (and at how blind and oblivious to the fence she was). I quickly grabbed her and put her on her own roost and shut the door so it would be too dark for her to move around!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Time to let them run together. The bigger hens should put your little rooster in his place. Chickens have poor eyesight and an instinct to be in the flock, so your pullet is doing what comes naturally. Don't wait too long to integrate, I do it at 4-8 weeks of age with no aggression.
     
  3. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You think? I am so nervous about it - this is my first time. They are just a tad smaller than the Welsumers now, though of course nowhere near as heavy. But the Welsumers are the smallest breed I have, most everone else is bigger, especially my SS and of course the Brahmas... I guess I can give it a try and see how it goes. As soon as this heat wave is done - they don't need any extra excitement in 100+ degree weather... Thank you for giving me the nudge!
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Mine are super tiny next to the adults who give them a peck here and there but nothing too serious. Of course the chicks squeak like they are being killed, but they are loving running free.
     

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