Need help and advice on adding a roo to my flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by zanin, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. zanin

    zanin Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 tolbunt Polish chicks 8 weeks old hatched from eggs. They are all smooth. I am picking up a 6 month old frizzled roo for them this week. How should I combine the group? Are the chicks too young for the roo to be with them? Any advise?
     
  2. bobbi-j

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    I would wait until the chicks are closer in size to the rooster.
     
  3. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2. A six month old roo would probably be a little too frisky with the girls at their age and you wouldn't want any injuries. Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  4. zanin

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    That would mean the rooster will be isolated until they are big enough or introduced into another coop of much older hens or in a coop with chickens his age (pretty sure one is a roo). Any thoughts on what option would be best?
     
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    Pics of the roo I am picking up tomorrow and some pics of my babies.
     
  6. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well aren't you going to quarantine him to protect your hens? That will put another month of age on the hens, getting them a little closer in size.
     
  7. zanin

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    I hope he doesn't get to lonely in that month.
     
  8. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know, it stinks. Mine is on week 1.5 of 4. I visit with him and walk him on another part of the property. He's seen the ladies from a distance and they him. They chat long distance.

    At week 4 I'll move his run to their area so they can get to know each other more with out contact for another week.

    Then it's party in the hen house.

    my girls and the roo are all 25 weeks
     

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