introducing new roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mother of All, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Mother of All

    Mother of All Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Hey last week was the ending of the 4 week separation for my two new roosters. I kept them totally separate for 3 weeks then I pulled the diver out from between them so they could see the other hens and roosters when i put them together my black giant faced off with one of them and drew blood on his back so i pulled crow (my black giant) out for a few days were he could see but not get to anyone else. Today I put him back into the run and he faced off with the other new one and got him bleeding from his head. at this moment I have crow in my arms and we are asking. how long do you let them go at it? I take it that blood is normal but when crow gets them to turn and run crow just keeps after them. I didn't let this go more then five min after i saw each of the new ones turn and run but. how long should i let it go. even after i see blood?
  2. Mother of All

    Mother of All Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    anyone have any ideas
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    If he keeps drawing blood from them and doesn't give up on chasing then I don't think it's possible to keep them together. Some roosters are just not compatible.
  4. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
  5. obaan1

    obaan1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    Great Lakes State
    Not everything works out the way you'd hope for. What were you hoping to gain by adding the two new males and how many hens are in the flock.
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    How many birds do you have and how much space? Why are you adding new roosters? Can the new roos get away from the old roo? Need more info.
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I let them go 10 or 15 minutes to establish rank. Damage that concerns me most is with aggression where subordinate can not get away during the period immediately following fight when victor is particularly aggressive. It is the after fight aggression that seems to damage feathers the most.
  8. Betsy57

    Betsy57 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Murphysboro IL USA
    I have a new batch of chicks that are 14 weeks old now. There are 24 hens and 1 rooster in that bunch. They're in next to the "old" gals, 6 hens and a rooster who are all about 2 years old. I was hoping to let them all be together when I switch the chicks to layer. Up until recently, the older rooster didn't pay much attention to the younger rooster. But now the teenager is crowing and trying his hand at mating which is stirring up the older rooster. He is trying to get through the fence to get the that whipper snipper. I've been letting them all be together in the evenings and the older rooster, Prince, does chase and beat up Sambo a bit but then Sambo gets away and Prince backs off. I let them all together today for the first time and they are doing okay.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2012

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