10 week old cockrel question?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 4acresNachick, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. 4acresNachick

    4acresNachick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    I started out with 9 RIR chicks that I raised from 1 day old. 5 I gave to a family whose current layers where getting old, out of the 4 left 1 turned out to be a boy. He is by far the friendliest but I ordered all pullets and was not planning on keeping a roo. Now for my question. How old do they have to be to start reproducing? I put him and the 3 pullets together with my 4 1yr old hens and after about 2 weeks he started trying to mate with all the older girls. He is almost 11 wks old and I am wondering when he could start fertilizing eggs. If I don't want that does he need to be separated? I am still undecided about having a roo at all so when I saw that I couldn't believe my eyes. I guess I'm still thinking of him as the little chick in the brooder but I obviously has other ideas [​IMG] Any help or advice would be great. Thanks!
  2. ck-newbe

    ck-newbe Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2010
    Boone, NC
    I searched how old to fertilize eggs in this forum and I found a thread that said somewhere between 16 to 18 weeks.

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