Re-introducing cockerel--- big question, long post.

Ruby Rogue

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Long story short:
I finished the new coop about 3 weeks ago, moved the girls in, successfully integrated a new younger (about 10 weeks old) cockerel with the girls. I had 7 roosters left in the old coop until today, when I gave away all the older boys to someone who will humanely eat them for dinner....

... but

I couldn't stand to see Georgie become someone's dinner, so now he's alone in the bachelor coop.

I don't know how to go about this. He can't stay there alone, or at all so he needs to somehow be moved in with the girls, and now the younger, smaller boy. I also don't approve of his teenage mating habits, so I don't want him in there unless he's separated until he grows out of the 'aggressive mating' (only aggressive in his mating, sweet otherwise) stage.

Can I put him in jail until the little dude is big enough to defend himself against the bigger cockerel? Is it going to make him crazy to be stuck in a cage in the coop directly across from where the pullets he used to be allowed to mate with, lay eggs...

Any advice?
 

Chickenman MAN

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Long story short:
I finished the new coop about 3 weeks ago, moved the girls in, successfully integrated a new younger (about 10 weeks old) cockerel with the girls. I had 7 roosters left in the old coop until today, when I gave away all the older boys to someone who will humanely eat them for dinner....

... but

I couldn't stand to see Georgie become someone's dinner, so now he's alone in the bachelor coop.

I don't know how to go about this. He can't stay there alone, or at all so he needs to somehow be moved in with the girls, and now the younger, smaller boy. I also don't approve of his teenage mating habits, so I don't want him in there unless he's separated until he grows out of the 'aggressive mating' (only aggressive in his mating, sweet otherwise) stage.

Can I put him in jail until the little dude is big enough to defend himself against the bigger cockerel? Is it going to make him crazy to be stuck in a cage in the coop directly across from where the pullets he used to be allowed to mate with, lay eggs...

Any advice?
That's a hard one. How many chickens and roos do you have together and what are their ages?
 

Ruby Rogue

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I have 11 pullets, 7 are laying, the rest could start laying any time. They are from 3 separate hatches ranging in age from around 20 weeks and up to about 8 months...they've mostly always lived together.

1 little 10 week old cockerel who has been living with the girls for a couple of weeks with no issues other than the occasional peck from just a couple of the girls.

George, the straggler, used to live with 7 other boys and the 11 girls until over mating caused me to separate them completely. He is about 8 months old and has been separated from the pullets for about 3 weeks...
 

Chickenman MAN

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I have 11 pullets, 7 are laying, the rest could start laying any time. They are from 3 separate hatches ranging in age from around 20 weeks and up to about 8 months...they've mostly always lived together.

1 little 10 week old cockerel who has been living with the girls for a couple of weeks with no issues other than the occasional peck from just a couple of the girls.

George, the straggler, used to live with 7 other boys and the 11 girls until over mating caused me to separate them completely. He is about 8 months old and has been separated from the pullets for about 3 weeks...
Ah... I see. I'm no chicken expert so I don't know if the age difference is a hugeeee issue. However, I wouldn't keep him by himself. Even though he is a rooster, like hens, he is sociable and really needs to be around other chickens. Has he been agressive with the hens then when you have put him in?
 

Ruby Rogue

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He wasn't aggressive towards anyone or any other chicken, just too rowdy and hormonal... I might try him out, I don't know. I hate to lock him in jail.
 

Ruby Rogue

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The 'old coop' is really just a summer coop for the Cornish x... so they can't live there anymore. Maybe I'll try bringing little dude up to see him so they can get used to each other. It's gotta work somehow....and if it doesn't, well...
 

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