Rooster beating on new hens!?!?!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ih66series, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two younger new hens to introduce to my flock. I expected the older hens to be mean for awhile (which they are) but my rooster is the one who looks like he is trying to hurt the new ones! Will the situation work itself out or is there something I can do to intervene?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    The situation will work itself out over time, however, if he's actually attacking them, I'd say you'll need to try a new approach. Perhaps, if you can, keep them in a separate area for a little while, but one that has a view and good enough "communication" with the current flock, the rooster especially included.
     
  3. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

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    any more input?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Remove the rooster unti the hens are integrated into the flock. This will take days not hours. When the flock settles down, reintroduce the rooster.
     

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