How to Introduce a Rooster into Your Flock
How to Introduce a Rooster to Your Flock
Introducing a Single Rooster to Your Flock
If you only have hens and wish to introduce a rooster to your flock, you should have no problem. Isolate the new Rooster for 30 days just as you would any other bird and after the 30 day isolation. Place the Rooster in an open cage or pen where the girls can meet him for a few days. After two days you can release him into the flock, while providing snacks, and he will quickly take ownership of the hens, flirting with them, finding them little tasty tidbits and rounding them up at sunset. He will be protective of them
Introducing More Than One Rooster can become Dangerous!
If you are planning on adding more than one rooster to your flock you need to be very careful, as roosters will fight to the death. You should have 12-14 hens per rooster and plenty of space for them to select their hens and roam in their own area. If you are introducing a new rooster to an established flock which already has a rooster there will be a problem as the old rooster has already claimed the flock. When introducing a new rooster you should keep him and at least six new hens in a separate coop and pen area. The amount of property you have available for the chickens to roam in can also make a difference in how the roosters will react. For example, if you have five to ten acres you can generally have one rooster per acre. They will still fight from time to time if one of the roosters decides to go into another rooster's territory or steal one of the other rooster's hens.
It is best to keep them in separate pens with their own hens. If you want to add two or more roosters it is best to raise them from chicks, you will notice that they will start sparring with each other at two months of age. When they grow spurs the sparring will become more aggressive. If there is a shortage of hens they will kill each other.
Sometimes, they will develop a sort of relationship with the dominant rooster leading the bulk of the hens and the weaker or younger rooster will skirt around on the outskirts of the flock waiting for one of the hens to stray.
If he (the weaker or less dominant rooster gets caught mating with one of the dominant rooster's hens, (and he will) the dominant rooster will usually attack and quite possibly kill the weaker rooster.
The best way to prevent this from occurring is to separate them into different penned off area's with their own hens, and hen house and be sure their pen is covered so they cannot fly out and get into other rooster's pens.
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