Should I remove my rooster?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kuna-clucker, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. kuna-clucker

    kuna-clucker In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2009
    Kuna, Idaho
    My hen is sitting on a dozen or so eggs. She's been in with her hubby for three weeks. Should I remove the roo or leave them be? [​IMG] I'm a lillte fearful that if I take him out, she may stop her setting, but I don't know what he may do to the chicks...
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Once the chicks hatch, he needs to go out. He will more than likely kill them.

    I also want to welcome you to BYC! [​IMG]
  3. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    The roo's presence has nothing to do with the hen brooding. He'd be more likely to be a disturbance, but look at your own individual roo. Does he seem to be bugging her, ignoring her, trying to mate her, or standing guard?

    Some roos will kill chicks, others will protect them, most will ignore them. But even the ones who ignore them sometimes kill or injure them inadvertently, if they are chasing hens or other roos around. They just run over anything in the way, totally focused on whatever they're after.

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