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Introducing rooster to hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BSCielakie, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. BSCielakie

    BSCielakie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, we have 12 hens (black & red stars) and we would like to introduce a RIR rooster to them. What are the recommendations for introducing a new roo to a flock of hens? Our girls are 28wo and the roo is 18mo. Should we seperate them in the pin for a few weeks? Any advice please!!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. BSCielakie

    BSCielakie Out Of The Brooder

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    We currently only have 1 house/pin for our flock and plan on introducing a rooster to our flock of hens. What should we do in the event we don't have a seperate pin for the rooster?
     
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Your hens are full size, and if you don't have another pen, put him in the pen with your girls. A few feathers might fly, but it will settle down in a day or two.

    I am assuming that the roo is healthy, comes from a place that looks good. If you do it my way you are risking introducing a disease to the flock, but it is not a real large flock, but it is a risk, and if the thought of losing some birds scares you, then don't risk it.

    Most people do not have enough space to do a proper quarantine, and if you don't do quarantine properly, you are wasting your time pretending to do quarantine.


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