Two new roosters
I was delighted this afternoon to receive a call from a friend. Out of 20 chicks she got this spring, 4 are roosters. Would I take one?
I currently have 14 hens and one rooster. He fathered the one chick who successfully hatched under my broodies last fall, but this summer three hens have spent weeks upon weeks setting with not a single egg even beginning to develop! So I was definitely in the market for a new rooster who might get the job done.
Well, when I got to her house with my cat carrier, she decided I should just take the two Easter-egger boys. I didn't really want two new roosters, but somehow I got caught up in the excitement of isolating and catching them and now I have two new roosters in a dog kennel in the barn.
The minute I brought them into the barn (not in the chickens' stall, mind you) the chatter began between Egglebert and the new guys. He's two years old, the new guys are about 4 months.
Have I made a terrible mistake? My plan is to keep them in the dog kennel for a couple of days outside the chickens' pen, then move the kennel into the pen, and eventually open the door so they can mix in. I guess I'll see how it goes.
Any suggestions would be welcome.