New roo blues

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lifetime chicken lover, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Lifetime chicken lover

    Lifetime chicken lover Songster

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    Hi!
    I just got a new little bantum roo to eventually add to my flock of 7 hens.
    His previous owner told me he was very docile and hand raised and I have no reason to not believe her. In most ways he is very docile and calm. But it seems he cannot stand quarantine. When the kids and I are with him he's very calm and sweet, doesn't mind the kids picking him up, etc. But as soon as I leave him alone he starts pacing in the kennel and clucking loudly. A few times when I first let him out of the kennel, he'll run at my feet and peck me hard!! After that, he's ok. I can imagine that he must be lonely. We're only a few days into quarantine and I spend as much time as I can with him, but obviously have other things to do than sit around with a lonely chicken.

    I just think I need to get him out of quarantine and introduce him to my hens sooner. He has had medicated feed all of his life until he came to my house a few days ago, now he gets Purina flock raiser. So I can't imagine he has worms or any bacteria. What do you all think? I feel like if I leave him in quarantine much longer, he's going to become a mean, isolated roo. HELP!!!
     
  2. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    I tried to keep my rooster in quarantine it did not work. He escaped I found him free ranging with my girls. I was lucky I have heard people say that their flocks where almost wiped out because the did not keep chickens in quarantine not sure what to tell you.
     
  3. TheMainException

    TheMainException Songster

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    You could try putting just one hen in with him and see how that goes. I have heard of people putting just one animal with a quarantined animal to be sure that it isn't a healthy carrier of any diseases. This could keep him company and make sure he isn't a carrier without risking the entire flock.
     

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