Rooster and my Chicks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Timbochicken, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Timbochicken

    Timbochicken New Egg

    Mar 25, 2017
    Hello. I have a full grown rooster I have had for a couple of years now. He us the last survivor of my previous flock. I got 5 new chicks today. I have them in a cage and I need some where to keep them during the day so they are not in a hot building all day. Do you think if I put the cage in the coop with the rooster they will be safe? I know the rooster would probably hurt them outside the cage so I wanted to leave them in. What do by all think?
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I am able to place mature roosters with chicks without issue. Still take care to watch interaction at first to make certain he does not act aggressively. If chicks penned, then even less worry. Last fall I introduced even cockerels in with chicks and juveniles with very little discord. Just watch at first.
    1 person likes this.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Every rooster is different. Some will actually care for chicks, and others will try to kill them. They should be okay through a fence as long as none can squeeze through.

    As the chicks get a bit older you could try supervised mingling to see his reaction. The chicks should be able to avoid him by 6-12 weeks of age.
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    X2 Any animal introductions should be monitored but I was pleasantly surprised when I started letting small chicks outside their grow out pen. My coops and runs are in a row and when they went into the main run checking out the feeder the hens chased them away and pecked at them while the rooster soon had everything under control.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by