Introducing new 4 month old roo in the coop.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Eli1977, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. Eli1977

    Eli1977 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2016
    We have a big coop with 6 young nearly 3 months old hens. A friend is giving us (she can't keep chickens anymore) new 4 month old roo. Any tips and tricks on the introduction? Should we keep him separated? His name is Leonardo and Aparently he isn't very agresive he is barred rock breed our hens are orpington
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  3. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2009
    First of all quarantine the new bird and be sure he isn't sneezing or wheezing. I know it is from a friend but if you add a bird that is ill - all your chickens will be ill. So always quarantine first. Better to be over cautious than sorry.

    Welcome to BYC Glad you are joining us.

    Chickens are funny - they tend to hang out with the chickens they were raised with in the brooder. Roosters are different. They may ignore him or peck at him for a while unless he is fully matured. Then he will be chasing them to breed with them and eventually they might accept him or continue to ignore him. It is always a challenge to add a chicken to a new group.

    Just be really cautious about being sure the birds you add are well. Birds hide sickness as a survival instinct and I hope everything is perfect and you have no issues. I had a bird show up out no where and join my flock - I had a lot of chickens at the time. She was sneezing and before long they were all sneezing. I was able to use antibiotic in the water and treat everyone but it was a hard lesson to learn.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree wholeheartedly with Caroline. With new birds, you may be adding worms or mites to your flock or worse Marek's disease. Many folks are forgoing having a rooster. The hens are much less stressed without one and will lay just as many eggs. Unless you need a rooster for fertile eggs to hatch or sell.- there is no reason to have one. We hear so many newbies telling of the mean, roosters that are terrorizing their hens and they feel they must keep him. But there is never a good reason to have a bad roo. Many of them start out adorable until their hormones take over.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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