My rooster was killed and now my flock is confused

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Juliesayshello, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. Juliesayshello

    Juliesayshello Just Hatched

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    I have a small flock of Silkies. I had one rooster and 3 hens, with several new chicks. My rooster was attacked, I believe by a raccoon or possum and was killed. I am very new at having chickens and really unsure as what to do? My poor little hens seem so lost and confused and won't return to the coop at night. I have to pick them up and place them back in.
    My questions are: What do I need to do to about losing my rooster? Do I replace him with a new one? Will he take charge of the my hens if he is new? and will the hens take to him? Also, how do I teach them now to go back into the coop?
    Any help will be appreciated.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    A flock can take a few days to adjust to the loss of a flock member....especially a smaller flock.
    They'll figure it out, but yes put them in the coop at night if they don't do it on their own.

    How old are your birds?
    If you get a nice, adult cockbird he should fit right in..... after day or two of segregated observation.
     
  3. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This happened to my neighbor's flock last month (1 yr old Isa Browns). The poor girls witnessed an eagle kill their rooster. They were freaked out to the point they wouldn't go back to the coop at night. It took a few days to capture them all and he locked them back in their coop for 3 weeks. Now that he has let them out, most of them will return to the coop at night but there are 2 that don't. Pretty traumatizing! You may want to keep them locked up in the coop for at least 2 weeks. Good luck and I am so sorry for your loss.
     
  4. JTPhillips

    JTPhillips Out Of The Brooder

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    We just lost our rooster that started from the beginning days of this newly established flock. Its a bummer because we finally had a good system and everyone had their order and rolls established. 3 years in the making now disrupted. Do I get a matured rooster or do I just let it be. My girls seem to be adjusting fine, they don't seem to be traumatized by the loss. They're doing their everyday routine as usual and this is day 3. Is it more stress on them to add a new man to the group or just let flock be? Is my egg production going to lessen? Need advise...
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss. How did you 'lose' him?

    Replacing a good cockbird can be tough,
    unless you know someone with a 'good' adult one that needs a new home,
    it's usually the easiest integration tho.

    How much stress it might cause is hard to judge.
    Could depend on your setup for housing/enclosures,
    could also depend on the demeanor of all birds involved.

    I'm going to assume you are in the northern hemisphere, with fall/winter fast approaching, and your girls will soon be slowing and/or ceasing their laying and probably molting as well. So may not really affect your production but molting birds van be crabby so that may up the stress.

    Maybe most the important question to ask yourself is,
    do you need a male in the flock?
     

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