Need help integrating rooster, Plese help!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenPeep, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    This May one of my silkies hatched a chick. We have kept them separated from the rest of the flock and now we want to integrate them. The chick (named Comet) is now a beautiful rooster and is amazingly sweet, But all the others hate him and attack him when he comes near ( he's at the bottom of the pecking order). He has been getting his confidence up and has even successfully challenged the other roosters and now he wants a hen. My hen Ebony is at the top of the pecking order and is also my favorite. I think her and Comet would be perfect for each other! Whenever Comet sees her he dances for her and is absolutely in love, but Ebony does not like that and she attacks him and they fight. I have never seen her fight with another rooster the way she fights with Comet. I don't know if I should let them fight so that they can figure each other out or if I should stop it. I definitely don't want them to hurt each other! Does anyone know how I can get them to not attack each other? They seem so perfect for each other.
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    As long as there's no blood drawn, I say let them work it out. She's a mature lady and won't just squat for the first eager teenager who comes by, no matter how courtly he is. He'll have to prove himself to her. She'll kick his butt for a while, eventually he'll have to prove to her he won't take it and he'll be able to mate her. It may take a few months for him to assert himself that much.

    Just fyi, I try to keep my broody hens in the coop with the flock and let them raise the baby as part of the flock, it cuts down on all the re-introduction issues. Especially if you only have one broody, she'll not let anyone mess with her babies. My roosters have all been very protective of the new chicks, also. Just something you might want to consider next time!
     

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