Need Help Introducing A Rooster!

LapisLazuli

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I have a small coop (2x4 with a small run) with 2 bantam hens currently in it. I am getting a bantam rooster later today. How should I integrate him with the other two? Thanks!
 
I have a small coop (2x4 with a small run) with 2 bantam hens currently in it. I am getting a bantam rooster later today. How should I integrate him with the other two? Thanks!
Put him in a small cage or dog kennel, inside the run, with some food and water. Let them all see-don't-touch and talk to each other for a few days, then you can let him out. Be sure the girls have some obstructions or places to hide, where they can get out of his line-of-sight if needed. My guess is they'll be happy to have him and will squat almost immediately!
 
I have a small coop (2x4 with a small run) with 2 bantam hens currently in it. I am getting a bantam rooster later today. How should I integrate him with the other two? Thanks!
Read up on quarantine here. You don't want to throw a bird in there that might be sick without obvious symptoms, that risks you having to cull everyone.

Once you've gotten through quarantine, what I have had success with is getting the new bird next to the current flock and letting them see each other/acclimate for a couple days. When it comes time to mix, throw the new guy in the coop after dark and in the morning, it seems like the birds think "new guy's always been part of the flock."

I do a mini-quarantine of 2 weeks, which isn't best practice, but good enough for government work - doing poop tarot with the new bird and making sure I'm not walking with the same shoes in the new bird's area and the current flock area when going to feed, water, and observe.
 
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