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#1 2011-12-14 00:20:46

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
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Separating time?

So now I know the boys from the girls, when is the proper time to separate them?

Or is it OK to leave them together with a 4 roo 7 pullet ratio?

Thanks,
Glen

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#2 2011-12-14 00:22:00

Maggiesdad
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Re: Separating time?

They are 4 weeks today...

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#3 2011-12-14 01:11:16

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Separating time?

I think you are good for 2-3 more months.  Most standard sized dual purpsoe are good til 10 weeks easy and some up to over 20 weeks (Wyandottes and orpingtons).  The only ones we we have had to separate by 12 weeks are the Black pennies, little horn dogs. 

You will know it is time when you hear the girls squawking and protesting.  Mine haven't started yet though the boys have been crowing 2-3 weeks and they were hatched late August and are now actually 16 weeks old.  Guess I'd better look out for eggs soon :applause: 

So short answer is for the EOs don't even worry til they are 12 weeks then listen out or come up with a plan for moving them soon when it is convenient.  I think my boys are slower this time cos it's so late in the year.   IMO, a good dual purpose breed rooster will be close to ready to eat before he thinks about bugging the hens! But it often ends up being 4-8 weeks after!

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#4 2011-12-14 01:16:38

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Re: Separating time?

I never separate mine at all.  It's not ideal but it works as long as they have lots of room to get away from each other.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#5 2011-12-14 23:03:50

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Separating time?

Glen,

Was just thinking about this question myself, as I was watching my 14 1/2 week old juveniles (5 pullets, 5 cockerals). The boys are just beginning to ruffle out their hackles and chest-butt prior to dominance games, and so far nobody is bugging his sister. They have been kazoo-ing for about 2 or 3 weeks (mine were gathered a week or two after Claire's, I think). They are not in a huge space (a shed about 8 by 12), and go outside when the weather is agreeable to them.

I processed my last batch of cockerals at 23 1/2 weeks, but they probably could have been done earlier with not much difference in size. At that age, they were long separated from the girls, and were beginning to damage each other a bit on the combs and wattles (but not too badly).

So you are still good for quite a few more weeks, unless you need to separate because of space issues.


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#6 2011-12-14 23:29:05

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Separating time?

Funny, I saw the first boy (Sunny) have a go at his sister today.... so it won't be long before they are all at it,  They are free ranging in the barn and ratio is around 4 to 7 right now, another week or two and I'll keep the boys in a run. The girls aren't laying yet.

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#7 2011-12-17 00:46:40

Maggiesdad
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Re: Separating time?

Thanks all! Okay now I know I don't have to separate them, how can I tell if they're too crowded?

Is this too close?
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gusob1a_jdA/TuvkyoE9RJI/AAAAAAAAAmA/-0UyllBmQV0/s720/DSC_1098%252520%2525282%252529.JPG

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#8 2011-12-17 00:58:42

Susan
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Re: Separating time?

Lol!! Maybe a tad??

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#9 2011-12-17 01:04:55

ipf
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From: Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
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Re: Separating time?

you'rer joking. . . I hope? Please say yes.

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#10 2011-12-17 01:36:21

pops coops
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Re: Separating time?

I don't seperate mine untill breeding time, and I keep mine boxed like that till they are 6 months


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#11 2011-12-17 01:50:49

Susan
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Re: Separating time?

Oh no you don't pops!! :duh:

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#12 2011-12-17 01:53:13

Susan
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Re: Separating time?

See MD? You're scaring people!    :nervous:

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#13 2011-12-17 02:26:15

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
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Re: Separating time?

:snowman: :happycrowd" :snowman:

Just kidding!

My older daughter and I got tired of lugging the whole brooder outside for their excursions, plus with the colder days the chooks didn't last as long - so I took to stuffing them in an orange box to take them out.

Most of them would come and wait at the end of the brooder to get loaded, and when they get cold, they mosey on back to the box!

Is this because we've been handling them since hatching, or are they just naturally that friendly?

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#14 2011-12-17 02:34:17

Maggiesdad
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Re: Separating time?

DW said "It's time for them to go!" , plus my round two chicks were hopping out of the blue tub... so today Maggie and I moved them out to their new digs...

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-WIgEROM3zBQ/TuvkxYQQunI/AAAAAAAAAl4/Te-xjbQfRGY/s720/DSC_1100%252520%2525282%252529.JPG

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#15 2011-12-17 03:06:49

poplar girl
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Re: Separating time?

Aren't they beautiful!

And I think the friendliness is partially just who they are complimented by how you've raised them! Most of mine (there is the odd exception) love to be handled and trust people will not hurt them. They are also super smart...they learn very quickly not to bit the hand that feeds them or the orange box that transports them :thumbsup:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#16 2012-02-17 16:02:16

NaturesPace
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Re: Separating time?

:funny: MD, that photo is great. You guys made me laugh out loud.


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