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Swapping Hens with Rooster - Will it Stress them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazy chook, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. crazy chook

    crazy chook Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    I have a frizzle rooster with 3 hens and I would like to change 2 of the hens that he is with for two other girls.
    Their pens are side by side so they all see each other every day but I just wondered if that will stress them?


  2. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Probably. Any little change can and will stress chickens. However, they will get over it in a few days. Just keep an eye on them to make sure that everything goes well.

    I just switched a few chickens out this evening. Put two hens in a different pen with a lone hen who was broody but just weaned her babies. Put a hen who was being overly aggressive in a pen with older, more aggressive hens. (That'll fix her!) I figured that tonight was a good time to do it because I'll be able to keep an eye on them over the weekend.

    Good luck!
  3. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

    Nov 6, 2009
    Quote:Oh I did that too. I have a BR and a mixed hen and they've been running my poor games ragged. Now their in with some big girls and they're the ones on the roost! Bad girls!
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2010
  4. crazy chook

    crazy chook Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    I have added the two that I want with the rooster, Just opened the door today and they wondered in, NO aggression from anyone, just wandering around scratching and eating.

    The rooster was a bit excited and just had to jump on them but no bullying or hurting anyone. I will let the other girls back out to the big pen later.

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