newbie at this

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by beach livin', Nov 27, 2012.

  1. beach livin'

    beach livin' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2011
    i ahve had my girls for a while now, and today i got another call from our local spca. they have had a roo for more than a month, and finally convinced me to get him. he is beautiful!!! how on earth do i start this? just put one of the girls in his enclosure with him? do i leave her for a few days to get her laying fertilized eggs? and how will i know if he is fertilizing them? im so new at this, i probably sound like a complete idiot! im doing aunatural, so i will not be using an incubator. so does that mean i have to wait till one of my girls goes broody before i start pimping him out to my hens?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    If you get a new chicken, doesn't matter where from, you should keep him/her in quarantine for a month at least. Just to make sure it's not carrying anything nasty like mites or worms or has any disease.
    After that you can introduce him to your ladies. Having a rooster with your girls will be nice for them. Roosters look out for predators and will call his ladies when he finds something nice to eat.
    A successful mating would ensure they lay fertile eggs for up to 2 weeks. Here's a link with pics to show you what to look for:

    If one of your hens go broody you can give her some eggs to hatch then. Don't worry about eating the fertile eggs. There isn't anything resembling a chick until the hen starts sitting, up 'till then there's just the possibility.
  3. chicksooner

    chicksooner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2012
    quarantine him away from your flock for at least a few weeks to a month like Sumi said. You want to be sure he is not bringing anything extra with him when he moves in. As for introducing him you might pick a night after everyone is settled in and roosting and just put him on the roost. The next day he is just part of the crowd.

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