PLEASE HELP...introducing a new rooster to flock...i need know how!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dougs chix, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Dougs chix

    Dougs chix Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know the best way to introduce a new rooster to the flock? i currently have a rooster and 6 hens. In about 2 weeks i will be putting 14 new hens in the pen but want another Rooster as well to go with the new young hens. How do i introduce him without the other rooster and him killing each other? Please help!
     
  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Hello and Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined! How big is your coop? And what breed(s) are the roosters? And how old are they? I would keep the roosters separate, but make sure they can interact.
     
  3. Dougs chix

    Dougs chix Out Of The Brooder

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    MYMILLIEFLEUR: Hello and thank you! My pen is 20x12. The rooster thats already in the pen is 1.5 yrs old. The hens are 3. The NEW hens will be about 3.5 mths old once they go in the pen. The NEW rooster will be about 1 yr old. They are ALL rhode island reds
     
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  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2 To try to get them to get along, would just use the same method you generally use to introduce new birds, to have a long period of the two flocks being able to see each other but no touching, through wire seem to work best, ie dividing the coop into two sections or keeping the new/younger ones in a cage inside the coup for a couple of weeks to a month at least. The chickens will get to know each other and sort of work out a pecking order before actually coming in contact with each other. After a week or two, letting them free range together is a good idea and should help... It will take a couple of weeks to get the pecking order sorted out. There is a nice article in the Learning Center on integrating flocks you might like to check out, the part about actually combining them is after the quarantine section https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock But RIR roos (especially hatchery ones) have a reputation of being pretty aggressive, so you may not be able to get the two boys to live together in peace in the same pen with hens to fight over, so you might want to be prepared to have two flocks.
     
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    welcome to the flock [​IMG]
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    You've received some good advice already! Keep in mind that no matter what, there will be some fighting. Hopefully, you can minimize the fighting using the above integration techniques.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    I find introducing them when they are free ranging is the best.

    Then they have space to run away from each other.. and are not able to get cornered in the confines of the coop.

    The roosters will fight when they first meet. Be there to keep watch..... If they have spurs file them down to make them blunt or stick something on the ends of them to make them not sharp.

    Just let them fight and the looser will run away and then he knows he is rooster number 2 and won't challenge the winner.

    This works most of the time.

    However, sometimes you get a crazy rooster that will not accept being the looser.. and even through he gets beaten up every time and chased away he will keep going back once he gets his breath back for another fight. If that happens you will need to keep the roosters separated.

    Make sure when they are fighting the first time you split them up if one seems to be very tired.. and can't get its breath. The fight should only last a few minutes.. any longer than 5 minutes is going to cause them too much damage. Don't split them up unless you see one is getting hurt badly..

    Also, usually there is a lot of blood.. but this is from the roosters combs... they peck at each others combs. The combs heal up really fast... that is one thing they are designed for.

    Be extra careful when they are going into the coop to roost. Make sure there a lots of places the looser rooster can hide and get out of sight of the boss one.

    Finally, NEVER just have the roosters separated through mesh. They will fight through and mesh and really mess up their faces and eyes. This is because they can't fight properly and pin the other one down.. so they just keep pecking and pecking each others faces through the wire and will get serious injuries.. even loosing an eye.

    Keeping them, as some advise, in separate cages and gradually letting them get used to the sight of each other DOES NOT WORK.. it makes the aggression worse... as the rooster want to fight and can't get to each other.. so they get super frustrated and when they finally do meet outside they will really hate each other and fight harder.

    All roosters are different... keep a close eye on them.. and be prepared that they may never be able to live together.

    Good luck.
     
  10. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Some good advice here. An additional issue is that your new hens will not be sexually mature at 3.5 months and that leaves your existing 6 hens at the mercy of 2 roos. This is not ideal for either the hens or the roos (over-mating and a greater potential cause of fighting respectively). Why not wait until your new hens are sexually mature before bringing another roo into the equation - it might be a little easier to manage.

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