Adding With Older Chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Teresaann24, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I was wondering if I could add 4 month old and 5 month old pullets in with a mature rooster?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    4 might be a bit young if you rooster can't contain himself, but 5 is probably fine. My older roos do fine with younger girls and if they aren't willing, they move on. But I'd not trust my younger roos with "too young" girls, as they don't wait for her to say ok and that could hurt a pullet not quite mature enough. That said, I'd probably go ahead and start intergrating since I free range and everyone can run back to the "grower/baby" areas if they can't stand being with the grown ups.
     

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