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Friday 30th of July 2021
I just read your article on broody hens that you posted in March of 2021👍. I have a question. Maybe you have covered this and I just have not found it yet but I have 1 old English game bantam hen and 1 rooster. I believe she has decided to hatch her 2 eggs. IF she is successful do I remove the rooster? They are incredibly bonded. They were very upset when they were separated for a whole 10 minutes when we moved them to a new coop a month ago lol. However if we get a chick I don’t know the behaviour/role of the rooster. He is not aggressive (so far) and quite friendly to us but all the info I’ve found so far is about merging existing chicks and removing ones that could be male. What about the first bit of time from hatching till sexing? Very new to this and I thank you in advance for your time. Btw I love your writing style :) Teresa
Saturday 31st of July 2021
I don't have a concrete answer for you, if it was my flock I would try to set her up in a wire pen (rabbit cages work well, the spacing with dog crates is too big and the chicks get through it) where the rooster can see the hen but not get at the chicks. I've never had a rooster bother chicks but I have had plenty of hens that turned on them though.
After a few weeks, I'd let them all out together. If you have a run or a smaller yard it's not as much of an issue but my hens were taking their 2-day old chicks on epic journeys through the fields and they weren't all making it back so I started using pens.
Saturday 8th of May 2021
Can I send a couple of pictures and get my chickens identified by breed?
Monday 10th of May 2021
I can try! Please let me know where you got them from to help narrow it down alecia@ chickenscratchny.com