Barnevelder rooster

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

  1. beggas82

    beggas82 Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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