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Barnevelder rooster

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Hey does anyone know at approx what age a barnevelder rooster will start mating? Have one about 4 mths old and was wondering when I might expect fertile eggs?
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It depends on the cockerel. Some might start attempting to mate at 4 months
and some as late as 10. The average is 5-6 but even then he won't be very good at mounting and balancing. I'd say expect consistently fertile eggs when he is between 8-10 months of age.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Breeding stock or hatchery stock?

 

Breeding stock - Around 6 months.  I have a few cockerels that try a bit earlier, but the pullets generally don't start laying until 7-8 months.

 

I don't know on hatchery stock, I haven't ever had hatchery Barnevelders.  I would expect it to be earlier though.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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As soon as he figures out how(usually around 4-6 months)....

.....and the pullets are willing to let him(when they are near point of lay).

 

Breed or origin doesn't really matter, tho specific lines might.

 

Learn to look at yolks for fertility when breaking eggs to eat:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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