New additions to existing flock

MistysGirls

Hatching
6 Years
Jun 23, 2013
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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.
 

sourland

Broody Magician
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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.
 

kstavert

In the Brooder
9 Years
Sep 9, 2010
71
8
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NW Arkansas - Huntsville
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.
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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