Runaway Chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bjchickens, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. bjchickens

    bjchickens New Egg

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    I am new to free range chickens. And have had since June- 9 hens and one rooster. We recently had to cull the rooster and brought in a new rooster. Since then (3 weeks ago) I have had 2 hens leave the nest (one at a time) and am concerned. I had never lost a hen before. What is the best way to introduce a new rooster to your flock? This new Rooster has taken the hens up to an acre away- same property. I have 5' fences surrounding the property. Occasionally a hen will jump a fence- but we have always heard them and helped them over the fence- or they came back the next day.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try keeping them locked up for a couple of days. This has always worked for me.
     
  3. bjchickens

    bjchickens New Egg

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    i am doing that today. Will keeping them "cooped" up- rehome them?? Remind them where they need to stay? Just curious.
     
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I would also suggest locking them in for at least three days. If that doesn't solve the problem, lock them in for a week. You need to teach the new rooster where his home is. Once he's been imprinted on the new home, he'll stop leading the hens away.
     
  5. bjchickens

    bjchickens New Egg

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    Thank you for the tips!! Today is the first day, and I will keep them in there for the weekend.
     

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