Need Experienced advice - I have an 11 wk old cockeral when is....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by foreverblessed, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. foreverblessed

    foreverblessed Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an 11 wk old EE cockeral. He is the only one of his age, my 9 mixed breed pullets are between 6-11 mo when would be the best time to add him to their coop.

    I put him in last night cause he has been in the run with them all week during the day and they all seem to be getting along but this morning I couldnt find him in the coop. BUT knew he couldnt of gotten out. I found him behind the homemade feeder. There is a triangular opening that he could fit in but not the larger pullets. He seemed traumatized. I put him back in the baby run by himself. He seems content there. He is right next to the pullets but they can not bother him.

    Georgie was bought as a pullet along with 4 others. S/he was going to be Georgia, but instead I have a beautiful Georgie. The other 4 pullets all sadly died between 5-9.5 wks. They appeared to have died and fallen off the 3" high perch in their baby coop. They were perfectly fine the day before. No symtoms of being ill. No hard crop either. Georgie has always seem stonger/bigger than the other 4 and I thought "little roo".

    Anyway back to my question, what should I do???
    Continue to have him "next door" until he can hold his own with the ladies or when would be best.

    Please share any experiences you have had.

    Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experiences! I have learned most of what I know about chickens from my grandmother and her experiences OR the internet which lead me to BYC. (I found BYC after she passed away last Oct and I decided this Spring I needed to get chickens again, mine had al been eaten & built a forified coop...with hubbies help. well, ok I helped him.)

    Thanks again! Laura

    (Georgie is on my right and Samatha on my left. Sammy was the last to die 8 days ago.)
     
  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    he is not big enough to put in with the bigger chickens wait until they are about the same size
     
  3. foreverblessed

    foreverblessed Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! You know, maybe I have small hens because he is just as tall as they are but skinny. He needs to "put some meat on his bones" as my grandma would of said!

    I just think he is lonely and was letting him free range and join them in their run this past week and they seemed to do fine together.

    I think I will continue to let him free range and and join them in their run but coop him up seperately at night. I dont think it will be too long before he gains weight and fills out and they accept him as the coop's roo. THis is what I pray for anyway!

    Thank you chickencrazzy!
     

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