Just had my rooster butchered. Now what can I expect from the hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wings, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just brought my last rooster, Blackie, to the butcher. Let's just say we will be having Blackie-pot-pie tonight for dinner. [​IMG]

    I now have four RIR (I think) hens that are 8 months old.

    My question is: What can I expect in terms of picking and establishing the new pecking order in the flock, now that our rooster is gone?

    ~Now, a picture of Blackie the rooster with Apple the hen.~

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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    As you expect, you can expect that they will establish a new pecking order. As this induces stress, don't be surprised at a drop in egg production until this is sorted out.
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do you think it will get to a point where they really hurt eachother and need to be separated?
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Probably not. Anything is possible, so you should observe, but as long as they don't draw blood, they should be fine. Expect them to work it out.
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Okey dokey. [​IMG]
     
  6. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    The hen in you pictiure has a pea comb-she's not a Rhode Island Red. If other than that she looks like a Red she's probably a Buckeye.
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:She's still sort of a pullet. I don't think that I took a good picture because I don't see a peacomb AT ALL. Maybe I'll post a better picture of her when I get a chance...
     

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