urban rooster management QUESTION

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by arlosmine, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. arlosmine

    arlosmine In the Brooder

    Dec 18, 2008

    I have been reading for a few weeks, but finally have a need for advise.

    I am starting a very small-scale breeding project of mille fleur d'Uccles and have just brought home my first roo and hen (I have many other various sundry hens, but these I will breed)

    I have an enormous yard and tolerent neighbors, but after determining that my roo is training for the crowing OLYLMPICS, I built him a very cool, huge rooster pad (5'X4'X3') in the garage. He has a lovely window (4'X5') with a view of the yard and though you can still hear him outside, he doesn't make you bite your tounge in two when he lets loose. I think it will work.

    My question is this:

    Can I leave him in his condo and bring my hens in to have "sleep-overs" (or a several day junket) and then return them to their nice , new coop/run with nest boxes and no noisy boys?

    Do I have to worry about re-introducing everybody all of the time?

    Will this wreak havok with egg fertility?

    This really the ONLY option for me to breed, so any suggestions for success would be appreciated. I could leave a hen in with him, but I have a BRAND-NEW beautiful enclosed run/coop which could easily house three hens.

    Thank you for any and all thoughts!

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I don't know if it will work, but I think you have a fantastic idea.

    That's a large roo pad... perhaps you could put two hens in at a time for a few days each.
  3. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Songster

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    Quote:A hen will be fertile for 3 to 6 weeks since she was last with a rooster. The variance depends on different individuals experiences here on this board...

    You shouldn't have any problems if you allow a sleep over every once and a while.

    Wonder if a no bark dog collar could be fitted to your rooster? Then he could happily live with the hens in the "big" house... Sorry, I couldn't resist! [​IMG]
  4. andorraclaim

    andorraclaim Songster

    Nov 28, 2008
    East Austin, Texas
    If you are just trying to minimize the crowing during "sleeping" hours let him free range after his morning song and he'll take his turns with the girl at his leisure.
  5. onecent

    onecent Songster

    hi, [​IMG] ! now, you say you live in an urban setting, and you have great neighbors, talk to them, they might not mind a roo at all, i live in the city limits with 4 roos!! i have spoken with all my neighbors, they all love to hear them crow!! (did i get lucky or what [​IMG] ) i also give all my neighbors fresh eggs, so they are all happy!! including me! i really didnt want 4 roo's, but it happened, I've had 1 of my roos a little over 2 yrs, & the other 3 going on a yr, i also told my neighbors if it ever bothers them , to let me know right away, & they all said they dont care if the roo's crow! so just talk to them, you might be surprised!! and not have to separate.

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