At what age is a rooster old enough to be put with hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Samsmum, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Samsmum

    Samsmum New Egg

    Jun 4, 2011
    My young rooster is four months old. He's already chasing the older hens ( not related). Is he old enough to be put with three separate hens of his own?
  2. Samsmum

    Samsmum New Egg

    Jun 4, 2011
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    If he is four months he is just maturing sexually, so there is a good chance he is fertile. If the hens are still with another rooster they need to be separated from that one for two to three weeks to be sure the new rooster is the one fertilizing the eggs. By the time that happens he should be fertile for sure. So putting him and the hens together now would not be out of line.
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    He will be maturing, but may not be real nice about it, till he is a older, think teenager.

    I don't find them great flock protectors until they are much closer to a year old.

    It won't hurt him to be with the hens. If they are older hens they may knock him back a bit and teach him some manners, but if they are pullets, he may get too aggressive for just 3 to manage.

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