The newest member of our flock....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by WthrLady, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I must have lost my mind. I swore I'd not get a rooster. I didn't want/need fertilized eggs, or have the hens bothered. But I'm in the country, and I love the look and sound of a rooster. I also know he'll warn of airborne predators. Well today I brought home a six month old brown leghorn rooster today. He is sweet, loves to be held (raised by a 6 and 4 year old girl), and he's gorgeous!.

    He has his own house and small run and is in full quarantine away from the hens for two full weeks. Then he can free range his legs off. He is also being treated, as a precaution, for worms and mites.

    He is beautiful.

    The previous owner had a batch of spring chicks, and an oopsie surprise rooster.

    She pampered them silly, but was looking at huge fines from the city zoning. He was totally free range and just slept wherever.
    I had to pluck him from our yard and put him in his house and on his perch. He didn't know he was supposed to be in there. I think he was totally asleep when I moved him, he was like a blob of dough. lol. Bless him.

    We named him Scout.


    So rooster upkeep, what magical issues do I need to know?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    If he came from a healthy group, you should be fine. Quarantine for four weeks, then let him out with the girls. He needs to learn about roosting in the coop, not outside, or he'll have a short life. Hope he works out for you! I always have roosters, it's part of having a complete flock. Mary
     
  3. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One month it is!
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Currently 3, but six more and 100 sq foot new coop in April.
     
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    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First two links are dead, but the third has me terrified.

    Now I guess I worry for the next 30 days,eh? Great.

    I already told ds that I'm the one to take care of scout. He has all his own supplies as well down to coop cleaning things.

    Guess all I can do it love him and watch him.
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Quote: "First two links are dead, but the third has me terrified."

    I'm perplexed. Have you had 2 birds die since bringing Scout home???
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Take it all with a grain of salt and a large dash of common sense.

    Not sure why links are not working, thanks for letting me know, but I did copy and paste from a word document where I keep my notes.

    Here's the first one:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...often-underestimated-part-of-raising-chickens

    Second link worked for me...but here it is again:
    http://www.thefancychick.com/PoultryBiosecurity.html
     
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  9. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol. No. No one is dead. The internet links provided above.
    I even have separate clothes and shoes in a rooster section of the upper garage instead of the common barn.

    Boy and I make a separate electric fence area away from the hen area to protect his coop and run this morning.

    He will care for hens and I the rooster.

    If i walk the hens, it will mean a change of clothes and shoes and coat and gloves.


    Good thing I am an OCD.
     
  10. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nope. Broken net links above
     
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