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  1. Ryguy3684

    When will my hens trust my cockerel

    Thanks. My cockerel has been doing great the last couple weeks. He doesn't force mating, instead waiting for the hens to squat, and hopping on. He's already converted the pullets and two of the older hens. Several don't run away ,and the two that are still skittish around him are in the middle...
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    When will my hens trust my cockerel

    Good luck. I like hatching my own chicks. When my rooster died a couple weeks ago, we hurried up and filled the incubator. I wanted to make sure I had a backup rooster with his genetics. He was the one in my profile picture.
  3. Ryguy3684

    When will my hens trust my cockerel

    I usually wait a few months after first laying, so that the eggs are bigger. My pullets are usually fertile from the time they start laying, but my rooster might be more randy than the average rooster. :D. I have a couple pullet eggs in the incubator now, and that pullet is 9 months old. Most of...
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    When will my hens trust my cockerel

    Yes, the pullets are all still laying. They're only 6 & 9 months old, so they'll probably continue laying this fall. He is a good boy, so that doesn't surprise me. His papa was a great rooster. That's why we kept one of his offspring. We wanted to make sure we had genetics on our side. He...
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    When will my hens trust my cockerel

    That's what I figured. I guess I was looking for reassurance that they'll settle down. My flock was completely peaceful and under control with my old rooster, so it's odd to see all the bickering now that he's gone. Considering my rooster died, my alpha hen was one of the sick, the hens going...
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    When will my hens trust my cockerel

    My flock currently consists of 1, 7 month old cockerel, 6, 1.5 year old hens, and 5 pullets of different ages. A few weeks ago, my alpha rooster, and 1 hen, died suddenly from illness. I'm waiting on necropsy on the rooster to find out the cause, but we had two other sick hens that got better...
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