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Can I put a younger Hen in with a rooster to mate.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tlbirdsmisty, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. tlbirdsmisty

    tlbirdsmisty Chirping

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    just wondering what age I can put with my roosters that are a year n older
     
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Songster

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    I would put her in there once she is relatively the same size so when the rooster does attempt to tread it won't harm her too much. How big are they right now?
     
  3. tlbirdsmisty

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    The hens weigh about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds and the rooster weighs almost 4 pounds
     
  4. tlbirdsmisty

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    The hens 6-8 months old and the rooster is about a year n 3 months
     
  5. Twistedfeather

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    I would wait a little bit longer so the Roosters bigger than the hen but by size from the naked eye is he much bigger than her?
     
  6. tlbirdsmisty

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    No actually they look about same weight just he's taller
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    If the pullets are laying, they are mature enough to be mated.

    A large rooster can hurt a smaller hen, like a bantam hen and large fowl rooster could be a problem,
    but usually the hen will squat down to distribute his weight and all will be fine.

    Can depend on the roosters technique and the hens willingness too.
     
  8. tlbirdsmisty

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    Ok thanks so I should put her in and watch for a while to see?
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    I don't know.
    Sounds like you may have an integration situation.
    Is the rooster in a coop/pen alone or are there other birds in there with him?
    In your first post you state 'roosters'.....as in more than one rooster.
    Anytime you put birds together there could be problems.

    A full detailed description of how many of which birds in what enclosures and what your goals are would help folks give viable suggestions.
     
  10. tlbirdsmisty

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    No its one rooster per hen house we have 2 but I got new hens to go in with them but there pullets n I was making aure they weren't to small
     

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