Question about my two flocks of chickens that live together -

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kelly G, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    I have, essentially two flocks of chickens living together peacefully.

    Flock #1 is made up of birds that are 18 mos old and were raised together. It is made up of about 15 hens (no rooster), and is kind of a "sampler flock" (a couple of RIR, Barred Rocks, Orpingtons, 2 EE's, etc). I wanted to try a bunch of different breeds and see what I liked. Turns out, I like a lot of them!

    Flock #2 is just under 7 months old and were also raised together (but seperate from Flock #1 - I combined them about 4 mos ago with no trouble). It is made up entirely of about 15 EE pullets and 1 cockrel.

    Each flock has its own coop for sleeping/laying, but they share a run/free range during the day.

    My question is: Will the rooseter "cover" both flocks? I only see him breeding with "his" girls that he was raised with. I don't see him ever approach the ladies from the other flock...not so much as a sideways glance. So far.

    Is he only going to be interested in his flock? I'm going to have a REALLY low fertility rate if he tries to breed every girl in sight!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    I HAVE seen those - it's amazing, isn't it?

    I'm DYING to hatch some chicken eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. lightfoot

    lightfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:sounds like he's too worn out from taking care of 15 ee's to take care of 15, 18 mo old ladies from next door.[​IMG]
     
  5. gogfan

    gogfan New Egg

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    well for each 12 hens you have, you need one rooster.so he might not mate with the others becuase it's to much for him.
    just some tips

    HOPE THIS HELPS!
     
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  6. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    Quote:sounds like he's too worn out from taking care of 15 ee's to take care of 15, 18 mo old ladies from next door.[​IMG]

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