I've kept poultry for several years and currently have 9 Black rock hens (7 months old) free ranging in 1.5 acres and all are very happy and laying well.
Luckily I don't have neighbours to worry about and have wanted to own a cockerel for a long time, as I just like their character and seeing them with a flock of hens. Yesterday after careful consideration I purchased one, from a excellent local breeder who I know well, a handsome 12 week old black copper Maran cockerel, who I'm yet to name.
He's currently in a pen indoors being fed on growers pellets and he already seems happy and very calm too.
My question; Is he old enough to be introduced to the girls in a week or so's time?
Your advice please...