Rooster with bitties ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by woods-n-water, May 19, 2011.

  1. woods-n-water

    woods-n-water New Egg

    May 19, 2011
    I have a game hen sitting on 10 eggs right now. Only her and the rooster are in the pin. It is 4wx8Lx6t, my ? is when she hatches off do i need to seperate the rooster from them or will they be ok in the same pin together.
  2. woods-n-water

    woods-n-water New Egg

    May 19, 2011
    Anybody ???
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Since they are the only two adult birds in the pen I would just leave him. You may want to watch him for a couple of days to insure they isn't a problem.
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Generally, game roosters are model parents. Problem will be hen stressed a little by his presence causing her to step on bitties more than she would otherwise. Another concern is feed applied to rooster may not be optimal for chicks. My game chicks have been having crop impaction issues with my game bird mix so when chicks getting same supplemental food as adults, then I just use chick feed for whole lot.

    No hard numbers to backup but seems like a hen that can raise 8 chicks when alone is kept in small pen with rooster, then only 4 or five are raised and leapers and laggers more common. This does not hold in free range setting.

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