New additions to existing flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MistysGirls, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. MistysGirls

    MistysGirls Hatching

    Jun 23, 2013
    We recently received two girls (1 RR and 1 RRcross) and a roo from a friend. They are all older (18-22 months) than our current flock of 8 girls (19 wks) and 1 roo (7 months). I have them in separate pens so they can get to know each other, but I'm wondering about the roos. They are posturing and running at the fence at each other right now, though it's only been a couple of days since we got them. The new roo was picked on when he was small and lost his left eye. I'm worried that they will not get along at all. Should I keep them separate for a longer period of time and let the girls roam together sooner or keep them all separate and for how long? The older girls have layed since we got them, but our girls haven't started yet.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    It's almost a given that the roosters will fight. Your resident rooster will not want to give up flock rights to an interloper. The new rooster with his compromised vision will be at a serious disadvantage. If you do try to integrate them, monitor things very closely. Good luck.
  3. kstavert

    kstavert In the Brooder

    I seem to have a nack at hatching roos...

    or, have hens that lay only male eggs...

    anyway, I currently have 8 roos and
    18 hens...

    the roos will do the flying feathers / chest
    bumps every now and then... but, for
    the most part, they actually seem to
    get along just fine..

    Daddy Roo will fly at any that try to
    mount his ladies.. and, they all seem
    to know who is boss...

    I wouldn't worry much about them...

    if you need to, take a whisk broom and
    smack their butts -

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