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Khathaway09

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Nov 28, 2020
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Hi! I started my first flock of chicks and keets in June of 2020. I started with 12 chicks and 6 keets. I lost 1 chick a few days after we got them and have recently lost 1 hen and 1 guinea to a hawk. I thought the guineas would protect and alert my flock from the hawk but that didn't happen so I just bought a rooster. He was born in May so he's about a month older than my hens and guineas. He is the sweetest thing ever but that means my guineas and hens pick on him. Does anyone have any advice? I feel like maybe my rooster is still young and thats why he isn't standing up for himself. Any advice would be helpful.
 

Hei 20

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Hi! I started my first flock of chicks and keets in June of 2020. I started with 12 chicks and 6 keets. I lost 1 chick a few days after we got them and have recently lost 1 hen and 1 guinea to a hawk. I thought the guineas would protect and alert my flock from the hawk but that didn't happen so I just bought a rooster. He was born in May so he's about a month older than my hens and guineas. He is the sweetest thing ever but that means my guineas and hens pick on him. Does anyone have any advice? I feel like maybe my rooster is still young and thats why he isn't standing up for himself. Any advice would be helpful.
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DobieLover

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Jul 23, 2018
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Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
You don't yet have a rooster. You have a cockerel.
He needs to integrate into the flock and earn the respect of the girls before he can assert himself.
Had he ever tid-bitted or predator alerted in his first home? Not all cockerels/roosters are good at these things. And he will not really be able to protect the flock from anything. He just tries to keep a look out and give a warning call to give the flock a chance to get to cover. If you've had losses to a hawk, you need to lock your birds up in a secure run for a few days until the hawk moves on.
 

sourland

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Hello, and welcome to BYC. A new bird in any flock is picked on - Guinea fowl can be especially bad. The 'protection' aspect of most roosters is limited to a warning and a quick run for cover. The only roosters that I have known to fight a raptor are game fowl.
 

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