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  1. cawasser

    cawasser New Egg

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    I have a question about dividing roosters and hens. We have 3 roosters and 22 hens, all approximately 7 months old. The dominant rooster has laid claim to 6 specific hens, but will call several girls to him. The 2nd rooster has his small group, and will also call. This leaves the poor 3rd guy with 1 extremely disinterested (she hasn't started laying yet) hen. He's getting chased by the dominant guy, so I'm going to move him and his 1 hen. My question is, can I take one of the other hens that has been hanging with another rooster for him? I will be moving them off the property for about a month.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    You could move some hens for him, but with only two hens those hens are going to have a rough time. It's recommended that you have at the very least five hens per rooster, more if possible. I would suggest getting more hens for him if you are splitting the group up.

    Also, from a biosecurity perspective, taking birds off the property and then bringing them back poses a disease risk. Make sure any you bring back after the separation are quarantined for at least two weeks, especially if they will be around other poultry.
     
  3. cawasser

    cawasser New Egg

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    Thanks for the quick response! I plan on integrating him and the 2 girls with 4 other girls that are at my house. All of us (rooster, 6 hens, me and my dog!) will be moving to 4 acres in a month--they won't be going back in with the original group. Also, I will be adding hens once I have settled in.
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    No problem then, that should all be good!
     
  5. cawasser

    cawasser New Egg

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    Woo hoo!
     
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    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! [​IMG]
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens, glad you joined the flock [​IMG]
     
  9. cawasser

    cawasser New Egg

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    I'm happy to be a member! I've been lurking for about 3 years (when I first got my girls).
     
  10. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    It's nice to have you here, thanks for joining us!
     

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