Thinking of adding a roo

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nova022, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flock of nine girls 5 to 7mos old and am thinking about adding a roo. What is the best way to do this?

    My friend has offered to give me a roo from his last hatch which is now two months old. He is pretty and I would Iike to have him which leads to two other questions:

    Is this too much age difference between the roo (2 months) and my girls (5 to 7 months)?

    My girls have all been vaccinated for Mareks and the roo has not. Will this cause a problem for either the roo or my girls?

    If the age difference is not a problem but the Mareks vaccinations are, would I be better off getting a day old cockrel that is vaccinated and raise him with a few pullet chicks and intorduce them to the flock when they are older?

    Thanks for any incite.
     
  2. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have an area that you can separate them for a few days or even a few weeks then that can help. If you don't then just watch them a bit as you feed treats and introduce. The more space that you have the better the chances that all will get along and get the "pecking order' sorted out.

    I have an isolated area in the coop/run that I can add newcomers. They get a chance to get acquainted for awhile before hanging out together.

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  3. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do have an area that I can keep the roo seperate from the others until they get used to each other. I (any building actually is done by my husband hehehe) built it when I intorduced the younger girls I've now to the older girls. It is perfect for that.

    Do you think the Marek's thing would be an issue? I don't want to make either group sick.
     
  4. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice coop!
     
  5. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should not be an issue in my opinion. Thanks!

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