Introducing rooster to hens

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

  1. BSCielakie

    BSCielakie Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2013
    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 Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. BSCielakie

    BSCielakie Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2013
    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 Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    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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