Introducing rooster to hens

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  1. homestead 101

    homestead 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about 8 hens. Two are big buff Orpingtons, one 12 week old barred rock, 4 bovan hens and one small white bantam hen.

    My question is, I just got a 6 month old ameracana rooster that is really big, and I was woundering how to introduce him to my existing flock?

    Just some more info, my smaller hens have places they can fly to to get away from him.

    Please help me
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    So everyone is older than a year except the Barred Rock?
    The devil is in the details.

    BTW: pullets and cockerels are under a year old, hens and cocks(or roosters) are over a year old.

    Hens and pullets, even if pullets are already laying, can be very different birds.....
    ....especially when you are talking about a 6mo cockerel.

    That cockerel may know the 12wo is not ready to mate and leave her alone....or he may well savage her.
    A good adult cockbird would know and leave her alone, with a cockerel you just don't know.

    I think this is the post link Ken meant to post.......
    ........it's a good post by donrae, but that situation may be a bit different from yours.

    Even if you decide not to quarantine, some time separated by wire would be wise before physical introductions.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Keep him in a look no touch pen for a week or so...Adding a Rooster is easier than adding hens..
    Once the week is up let him out and watch how the hens react towards him...Their will be all the usual fights and chasing but he will probably do his best to get the ladies to like him...

    Good luck
     
  5. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    I just added my cockerel to my flock of 4 hens. It took about a month but their all comfy now. I kept my cockerel in a pet carrier at night inside the coop with my hens so they could get used to each other without fighting. During the day I let them free range together
     
  6. homestead 101

    homestead 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was probably the easiest introduction I have ever done. I let the rooster be in a dog kennel for about an hour, then I put Him in with my hens. There was little pecking. He is a very respectful and a gentlemen. Thanks for all your advice
     
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  7. Flock Master64

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    I did mine a similar way
     
  8. aart

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    Great!! He must be a mature cockbird.
     
  9. homestead 101

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    He is only 7 months old
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Better news, that a boy bird that young has manners.
     

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