Barnevelder rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beggas82, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. beggas82

    beggas82 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 15, 2015
    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?
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    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.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    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.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

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