Introducing a rooster to flock of pullets

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lost in Wellsboro Pa., Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Lost in Wellsboro Pa.

    Lost in Wellsboro Pa. New Egg

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    I have 12 white leghorn pullets about 10 weeks old. They run free during the days, I would like to get a young rooster to put with them would a 1 year old roo be a bad idea? Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Usually it's recommended that the ladies be the same size when adding new ones -- but it might work better with a roo. I'd be prepared with a place to separate him if needed, but I'd probably try it. Maybe someone will come along who's actually done this.
     
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lost in Wellsboro Pa. :

    I have 12 white leghorn pullets about 10 weeks old. They run free during the days, I would like to get a young rooster to put with them would a 1 year old roo be a bad idea? Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance!

    I`ve had extensive experience with this. I can tell ya that the rooster needs to be MATURE. A mature cock will be gentle with the girls until they are almost breeding age and then he will have his wy with them. It will appear brutal to you, but it`s just the way chickens are. I have yet to have anyone hurt in the process. A young rooster, even the age of the pullets, will be shunned and picked on until he becomes a MAN. On ethat is a little older, yet immature, may go either way. Best bet is always use a mature cock with youngsters.........Pop​
     
  4. Lost in Wellsboro Pa.

    Lost in Wellsboro Pa. New Egg

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    Thank You for your help. I did take your advice and put a 1 1/2 year roo in with the girls and it has no problem. Thanks Again
     
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would quarantine the new bird for sure.
     

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