What to do with the roo with the Italian fetish?

CovidtimeQuail

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I just don't even know where to start. I could tell you about the roo with an Italian fetish. He's great breeding stock, but he goes wild for Italian patterned birds. The one hen I initially had had to be separated early on because he was overbreeding her and relentlessly chasing her around the pen. With her gone, he finally "settled" for other hens in the cage.

Fast forward to my amazing quick develop chicks. They're 3 weeks old and nearly the size of full grown. One of them has the same speckled Italian pattern with less beige and brown. She's the sole survivor of the supermarket egg incubation. Anyhow, I'm trying to integrate my birds into their full grown cages, and the Italian fetish roo has been trying to jump her nonstop too.

But the problem goes beyond that. I've tried putting the supermarket egg bird in with other roos, and they all seem to find her attractive -- at 3 weeks old. Just when I think I'm getting the hang of this, something new happens.

Advice, anyone?
 

CovidtimeQuail

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Sounds like you're going to have to wait another two or three weeks to integrate them with the older birds.
I thought if I tried to get them in when they were nearly the same size but before sexual maturity. . .

It worked the last time. . .

But that would be too easy, right? On that note, I think I've identified two of the 3-week olds that are acting like roos. Seriously, can't just be the gamebird feed, right? I cringe to think I've got to bring them back in the house!
 

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