Introducing new hens to the flock--rooster problems

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by miss_thenorth, May 11, 2009.

  1. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    So a few weeks ago, I got two new hens. They have been in isolation, with the last week being in a dog kennel highly visible to where my existing flock free ranges. Yesterday, we went to let the new hens out, figuring if they were not going to get along with anyone--it woud be the current hens.

    Well, the rooster just went after them, and ripped feathers out of the one hen. He was NOT trying to mate--he was trying to tear a piece off her! So of course, the two new hens are back in the kennel, but any tips on how I can successfully let them out with the existing flock so that they can all live together peacefuly?
    Thank you!
     
  2. rigagirl

    rigagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would love to know also, i have chicks that are almost 3 months and i am running out of room for them and need to get them with the rest. with me a hen grabbed a baby through the fence yesterday and i am hoping in 2 weeks to get them all together. is that too much to wish for?
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    For Miss, I'd probably let the current flock out, then set the two hens down far away from the other group and watch what happened. I'd have a garden hose set on hard stream at the ready, and give him a blast if he started in again. Or you could try putting the hens on the roost after dark.

    For rig, no it's not too much to ask. Keep trying.

    Let us know! I'm sure others would have other ideas if it doesn't work out.
     
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