New rooster to 1 year old flock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by queeniekq, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. queeniekq

    queeniekq In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2017
    Hi there!!
    We want to see about bringing a rooster in to fertilize the eggs to get new chicks. We have 13 RIR hens. Is this a good idea? How would we do this? Thank you.
  2. 8 Chicks 1967

    8 Chicks 1967 Songster

    Oct 18, 2017
    Morganton North Carolina
    How old is the male bird?
  3. Stephine

    Stephine Songster

    May 30, 2016
    If you can, get an older roo - they have calmed down a bit. Probably most roos will be young though, so look for a mild mannered one. Quarantine for a few weeks (research quarantine for new flock members), then introduce by the see-don’t-touch method for a few days. Play this by ear - the hens might be naturally more accepting of a male bird in their midst than a new hen, but a few of the hens might object vigorously to some male marching in and taking over. Observe closely and play it by ear. I brought a new cockerel into a flock of 1 1/2 year olds and they did fine with him, though he had to duke it out with a few of the lead hens...
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  4. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Free Ranging

    Feb 22, 2016
    South East England
    My Coop
    How old is the cockerel you are thinking of getting? You might have better luck with an older cockerel rather than a young one. Chances are a younger cockerel will get picked on by a gang of 13 hens.

    @Stephine has given good suggestions for introducing him.

    We gave away one of our RIR cockerels to a friend and he went to live with 50+ hens. It went very well- he thought he was dreaming!

    Good luck with your new cockerel :)
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  5. queeniekq

    queeniekq In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2017
    We actually haven't gotten the rooster yet. Just wondering if it was worth it.

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