rooster .

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nutey, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. nutey

    nutey Hatching

    Jul 1, 2014
    Hi im new on this site. Need some advice .I have a peking bantam and a white sussex (these are hens) I was given 3 more hens about 6 wks ago they are about 6months old and I have heard in the morning that one is a rooster. They all sleep together in the same house. Do I need to separate the rooster from the other hens. Also i have a 1yr old muscovy duck , will the rooster attack her..
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, I don't know if the rooster would attempt to breed the duck but, their personal parts are different. A drake breeding chicken hens can damage or even kill chickens because they are built differently than ducks.
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Your rooster should mix okay with the hens, but I would suggest getting some more hens as the recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. Too many roosters can be physically very rough on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially seriously injuring them. I currently have 25 hens and 1 rooster (a White Silkie that someone dumped on our property, and who I intend to re-home soon), and I get lots of eggs without all the aggression, fights, feeding of non-productive mouths, crowing in the middle of the night, and over-breeding and battering of the hens that goes along with having roosters (especially too many). My hens are stress free and seem to be enjoying life without any roosters around. As far as your rooster attacking your Muscovy goes, if it's a drake, it will likely be the other way around. A friend of mine has some Muscovy ducks and the drakes rule the roost, even running larger birds like geese and turkeys. Muscovy drakes are tough hombres. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with our flock.
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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    X2 on Michael O'Shay's advice. It would be a good idea to get more hens, as a rooster can really make their lives miserable if he does't have enough of them or picks favorites.
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I would certainly get some more hens to avoid overmating problems. X3 on Michael OShay's advice.
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Definitely remove the duck. They can harm or even kill hens trying to mate them. As long as your rooster is getting along with the others, than there is no need to remove him. If he becomes aggressive with them or you, you may want to rehome him.

    Enjoy your flock and welcome to ours!
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Yes, remove your duck for sure.
  10. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.

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