Introducing Rooster to Flock of Hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Steph Martin, May 18, 2011.

  1. Steph Martin

    Steph Martin Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2011
    Nova Scotia Canada
    Hi all. I've researched this topic a bit but I still have a few questions. I have five mature hens but no Roo. These ladies are all mutts but a pretty good size all in all. The rooster I've found is a Silkie so he is a bit smaller than the girls. Will this difference make a "difference"? Also, I've read a couple of conflicting replies to this query. Do I just put him in the coop and watch. Do I integrate slowly (ie: put him in a wire dog crate and place that in the coop).

    It seems that, as with all things that are once again "new" or "in vogue" we all obsess a bit too much over the smallest detail -- I am a poster child for that. They don't call Ignorance "Bliss" [​IMG] for nothing. I'd appreciate any info you guys have.
  2. heather112588

    heather112588 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    introduce him slowly...put him in a dog crate and then in the pen that way they will check him out first but can't hurt him. leave him there for a few hours before you release him...there will still be pecking order fights but they will not be as bad. I hav done this with all of my new chickens and it seems to help.

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