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Our Cockerels First Adventure

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Allie Grace Sanders, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Allie Grace Sanders

    Allie Grace Sanders Songster

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    So we brought home our BO cockerel today. When we got home we took him out of the truck and we were about to put him in quarantine. When he escaped! He immediately ran over and tried to mate with one of my hens. She rejected so he stopped. They mingled for a minute, and then he took off! He ran into the woods. He found a (prickly) spot and laid down. He sprang up and squealed like a baby. Then he ran further into the woods and disappeared from sight. By now it is dark and we are surrounded by the woods. We couldn't hear him anymore so we figured he was probably perching. We searched and searched. We were about to give up when we spotted him. He was sleeping peacefully on a log. He had to pick the prickliest spot in the woods! OUCH! We brought him home and he is sleeping peacefully in quarantine. How do I teach him that this is his new home? Thanks for reading!
     
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  2. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Songster

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    I'm assuming you free range your birds (no pen)? If so you could put him in a large dog cage inside the coop for a few days. This is a good idea as he and your girls can get antiquated that way without danger of anyone contracting something from the other. eventually he'll get the idea "this is home" home under his comb.
     
  3. Allie Grace Sanders

    Allie Grace Sanders Songster

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    I keep them in a pen. But I want to let them free range. If he seems willing to protect them, free ranging it is.
     
  4. Ladyhawk1028

    Ladyhawk1028 In the Brooder

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    Sorry he gave you such an adventure on your first night lol I’m glad that you caught him
     
  5. Allie Grace Sanders

    Allie Grace Sanders Songster

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    Me too! I was so worried we wouldn't find him.
     
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  6. Machineryqueen

    Machineryqueen In the Brooder

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    I understand quarantine to be in an area not close to your existing flock. So, I would put him in an area where the hens are not exposed to him. Then once the quarantine period has expired without any issues, allow him to join the hens being exposed thru a pen inside the coop. Once that is acceptable to both parties then try to inclimate him into the flock. I may be incorrect, however, this is what I have learned from my research.
     
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  7. Allie Grace Sanders

    Allie Grace Sanders Songster

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    I planned on quarantining him..... But his poops look healthy and he looks very healthy. Am I making a mistake by doing this?
     
  8. Machineryqueen

    Machineryqueen In the Brooder

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    Everything I have read via books and online chats say to quarantine them. The time period seems to vary from 1 to 2 weeks. I would still follow this and check closely for any types of illness symptoms. Then add him into the flock via a cage for a week or so to get acclimated to the flock. If all goes well then add him to the flock. I am sure there my be others that disagree with my suggestions, however, it is ultimately up to your choice.
     
  9. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    He's already exposed your birds to whatever he might have. Too late now.
     
  10. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    2 wks is minimum. 4--6 is better.
     

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