Introducing new chick to flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MoSo, May 12, 2010.

  1. MoSo

    MoSo In the Wild Plum Yonder

    Not sure if this belongs in "Raising chicks" or here, but I'll try here first.

    I have four 9-week-old hens (well, one is probably a roo, but I'll keep calling it a hen until I have absolute evidence otherwise). They are outside in the coop and run. I also have two 4-to-5 week old Welsummer chicks in the garage brooder. One of them is a roo, and he's an aggressive little jerk who tends to terrify the pullet - chasing her around, cornering her, keeping her away from the food, taking food away from her.

    I'm trying to decide what my options are here -
    a) let things stand as they are for another 3 weeks or so, until I think the Welsummer pullet is really ready to go out with the other older pullets.
    b) get rid of the Welsummer roo now (I believe I know someone who will take him), leaving the Welsummer pullet in the brooder all alone for a few weeks.
    c) introduce the Welsummer pullet to the rest of the flock now, leaving the Welsummer roo in solitary brooder confinement until I find someone to take him.

    What do you think the best option is?
     
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    I would put them both in with the older girls and let them teach him some manners. They will be so busy straightening him out that the pullet should be fine. JMHO.

    Of yoru 3 choices, I wouldnt do the one where you get rid of him and leave her alone. She would be sad [​IMG]
     

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