- Feb 26, 2018
I have a family coop and yard which consists of rooster, 2 hens, 2 sets of hatched chicks - one set of two are 17 weeks and younger set of two are 7 weeks. My 17 week olds are looking to be cockerels. They have pointed saddle feathers but don't crow yet. Friends are giving away their flock - don't want them over the winter and I am thinking to take the hens and add them to my family group (I also have 17 separate hens that I am not going to introduce to the rooster). I am wondering if I can just introduce them (thinking the rooster will keep order) or if I need to keep them near but separated for awhile first. I would love it if you would share your experience in this. Thank you.