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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jaimesweet, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. Jaimesweet

    Jaimesweet Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning I found one of my roosters attacking the other...blood shed and I've separated them and rehomed the injured party to another location! I'm so sad because I've raised them since birth and I'm afraid he's not gonna make it through the new jersey winter without the others. He will be with another hen.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Provided that he has a clean dry coop and adequate nutrition, he will handle the NJ winters with no problem.
     
  3. Jaimesweet

    Jaimesweet Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you !!! I have another question...I have two new additions that are getting all their feathers but they are still young. Do I use a heat lamp for them ? I did last night and today they seem blind. It is the red bulb....they are too hot I think. I turned it off ...just need to know if they will be ok without any heat ?!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sorry about your roosters. Sometime when the boys grow up, they can turn on each other.

    As for the young ones if they are more than 6 weeks old, you can start to wean them off heat now. They are fully feathered and should be able to handle the cold temps. I would raise the lamp so that it only gives them a small bit of heat. Keep the lamp like this for one week and then remove it all together. If you are going to mix these two into an adult flock or any flock for that matter, you will need to wait until they are at least 3 months or more before you can mix them. For now you can keep them in a cage or small enclosure in the run and coop for the next month. Then in a month or so, you can mix them in. Make sure to put out extra food and water stations so these babies can eat and drink. The older flock members will try to run them off for a while and starve them out.

    Enjoy your flock and welcome to ours!
     
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  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. It appears you have a duplicate thread (I responded on the other one already). As I stated on the other thread, the only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching, and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-12 hens in this regard. I currently have 25 hens in my flock and no roosters, and I get loads of eggs without the aggression, fights, biting and feather plucking, crowing in the middle of the night, reduced egg production, over-breeding and battering of hens that typically goes along with having roosters (especially too many). My hens are stress free and enjoying life without a rooster around. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your injured rooster.
     
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  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
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  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
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  9. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Nice to have you join us.
     
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
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