Introducing a rooster to a flock that has a rooster.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by prov31mom23, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. prov31mom23

    prov31mom23 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is our new rooster.


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    This is our old rooster.

    Here are the facts:

    We have an existing flock of 26 hens (9 bantams, barred rocks, golden comets, partridge rocks) and one barred rock rooster. The rooster is a year and a half old. We had a second rooster that we got at the same time as our BR (we got them as day old chicks) but he died in May.

    We wanted to add to our flock and made arrangements to get 20 6 month old hens - 5 Easter Eggers and 5 Black Australorps. We picked them up today. When we got them home and out of the crates, we discovered that one of the Black Australorps was really a rooster.

    We had not planned on a second rooster but we got one. The new chickens are in quarantine in our hoophouse. After quarantine, what is the best way to introduce the new rooster to the old one? We've introduced new hens before and have no problem with it. We've also had meat birds free range with our layers and rooster and there was never a problem there. Should we be concerned that this will be a different experience?

    Also, how long should we quarantine? We didn't quarantine our bantams when we got them but realize that we should have just to be safe. My husband was thinking a week - I wasn't sure if that was long enough...
     
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  2. Well, I just let mine out and watch them. Sometimes they fight, sometimes they don't. I'd say put the new rooster in a carrier and make sure the old rooster can see him - once they stop fighting (given they do) let the new one out.
    Always supervise. Fighting can be very dangerous for big birds like yours ^^
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    For a true medical quarantine, it's something like 30 days at 30 feet away minimum.
    Tend new birds last and keep separate shoes for new and old birds so you don't cross contaminate the areas.

    After 30 days or however long you choose, it's nice if you can keep them physically separate but within sight of one another for another week or so...then let them out free range and watch closely as there will be some fighting to establish pecking order.

    Do some searching and reading to get other ideas on how to handle the situation, there are lots of different techniques for different situations.

    Best way I've found to search for a specific topic is use the advanced search function.

    advanced search>titles only> quarantine

    advanced search>titles only>integrating flocks

    Good Luck...beautiful roosters btw
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Take the new rooster back. You didn't want him, you probably paid for a hen, why keep him?
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    If I read the OP correctly......she now has 46 hens and 2 roosters or maybe it should 36 hens and 2 roosters.

    Either way, that's a lot of hens for one boy......so if they can coexist, why not?
     
  6. Pooman

    Pooman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^ that one for sure! they have stolen from you. If you don't take it back it will encourage them to keep doing it to more people


    Stand up mum
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I just don't see the point in keeping a bird you didn't want in the first place. And yes, it's a lot of hens, but in my opinion why go through the bother? The roosters are still going to clash to some degree. I just think folks get in the mindset of "I have to keep this bird even though I didn't want a male and just got screwed" way too often.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Not sure she didn't want to keep it at all costs, she said they hadn't planned on it.

    ......and they had 2 roosters before, but one died.

    Will have to see what she says when she comes back.
     
  9. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are going to fight anyways to establish the pecking order. Since an entire new flock was added it might not be so bad. I would get reimbursed for the difference and keep him.

    They are both very beautiful boys!!!! If you plan to keep them both then you will have one for the australorps to breed with and one for the rocks to breed with.
     
  10. Frankie Ruiz

    Frankie Ruiz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would say theres a pretty good chance that theyd be fine with all the hens that you have. some fighting at first but im sure everything will settle down in a couple of weeks.
     

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