when to introduce my ladies to the rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by matthew_John, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. matthew_John

    matthew_John Just Hatched

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    I have an adult rooster and 4 week old hens. When and how should I introduce them? We have hawks and other predators, and want to have a rooster for some extra protection. Are they too young to meet THE Guy?
     
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  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    hmmm, I am not sure, but I think it would be ok. Currently I have an adult rooster and 3 juvenile roosters, with my flock. The older rooster just ignores the younger one, although once, they were driving him nuts, and he stomped his feet, it was hilarious.

    I am not quite sure with a strange flock. I think I would try it, see how it goes. But until the combs turn red, roosters generally leave them alone, unless it is a young rooster, and they will jump anything they can catch. Interestingly they have not been bothering anything yet, and I am sure that is because they are afraid of the old man.

    Mrs K
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Do you have other birds too?
    How old is the 'adult rooster'?

    I wouldn't count on a rooster to protect 4 week olds from predators.

    Here's how I integrate chicks at 4 weeks into the flock:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/integrating-new-birds-at-4-weeks-old.72603/

    The cockbird is the least likely to bother the chicks, usually it's the lower ranking hens that can be more bullyish.
     
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