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#78641 - 08/15/05 10:06 AM hens are mean to new rooster

I have four female chickens that are about 6 months old. Last week I got a rooster (silky bantam X Red Barred Rock). He's about 2 or 3 months old. I have him in a separate run that shares a wire wall with the other run. They've checked each other out through the wire and the girls really got upset (one in particular). They would strut next to him, peck through the wire, and make lots of noise. My girls get to go out into the yard every day for a little free range and after about 5 or 6 days I let the rooster out also. They pretty much ignored him until he got near them and then they'd chase him and try to peck at him. Well, we did this for a couple of days and then they were starting to get better and so last night when the girls went in to go to bed I put the rooster in their pen. He went right into the coop, found a spot and layed down to sleep. No one made a fuss. This morning the girls were out in the pen but he was still lying in his corner in the coop. When I shooed him out into the run the girls cornered him and started to peck at him very badly. I pulled him out and put him back into his own run. I really want them to be able to live together. What do I do?? Will they ever accept him? confused

#78642 - 08/15/05 11:54 AM Re: hens are mean to new rooster
CJR Offline
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He is way too young to be put with older pullets or hens! He needs to be 5 or 6 months old, at least and/or much more mature or the hens will beat him up badly. You will have to work this out! In time, it will probably work okay! Good luck, CJR

#78643 - 08/17/05 05:39 PM Re: hens are mean to new rooster
Lacey Offline
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Registered: 01/13/04
Posts: 427
Loc: Pennsylvania
They will kill, you must becareful. I'd listen to CJR and wait till he is older, full grown and more confident.

#78644 - 08/19/05 10:04 AM Re: hens are mean to new rooster

Thanks. He is currently living in his own house w/ run. He still shares a fence with the girls but they seem to leave each other alone through the fence (maybe this will condition them to being near each other). I do let them all out into the yard at the same time and the girls will just run him off if he gets too close, but have not attacked him out there yet. I do keep a close eye on them though.
Thanks again.


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