Rhode Island Red rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sunflowerbee, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. sunflowerbee

    sunflowerbee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2016
    Magnolia, Ky.
    How do I introduce a rooster too my hens
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    speed dating??? sorry it's past my bedtime
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    After quarantine, I've found it no problem just to let roos mingle (other members may do things differently, i should add). Roos and hens don't share the same pecking order, but thats not to say that he will take some time before he is accepted. I recently introduced a cockerel (ordered a roo, but got a young punk) and he's fine with the girls, but some of the more senior girls put him in his place, for now. I'm sure that once he matures, and learns to call them for treats that he's found etc, he will be considered flock leader.

  4. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Chicken Obsessed

    Maybe just make sessions? Put him in when you are there with them and watch? Hope all goes well! [​IMG]
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old are your birds?
    How old is the male?
    What kind of set up do you have?

    There are many different ways to introduce new birds depending on their ages and other things.
    A mature(over 1 year old) and well behaved cockbird can usually be easily introduced to mature hens(over 1 year old).
    Younger birds are another story.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016
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  6. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Chicken Obsessed

  7. sunflowerbee

    sunflowerbee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2016
    Magnolia, Ky.
    [​IMG] I love all my backyard friends. ya' are so helpful
  8. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Chicken Obsessed

  9. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    X2. I needed a new flock rooster this spring. After quarantine I put the new guy in a pen next to my main coop where he stayed for several days while the hens free ranged. Then one morning I just opened the door so he could come out. He stayed with the hens during the day but he did go back to his own coop for two or three nights before he followed the hens into theirs.
    I gave a rooster to a friend once who for whatever reason decided he didn't need to be quarantined. She opened the door of his crate and within five minutes he was dancing for her hens and they were all clustered around him. Next morning he was out free ranging with them.
    Unless you have other roosters it's easier to add a rooster to a flock than a hen. but a good rooster can help there if he wants peace in his flock.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2016
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