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Introducing exisiting rooster to age-appropriate pullets

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HenSpa, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. HenSpa

    HenSpa Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've done a search, but can't seem to locate a good rule of thumb for this: at what age should I introduce my new pullets in with existing rooster and 2 grown hens? Is there an age where his mating tendencies would be bad for them, as in them being too young?

    Thanks for advice!
     
  2. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have specific experience with this but I'd like to know the answer, too. I can tell you that our roos last year started to get after the girls around 15 weeks of age, but that the girls were quite unhappy about it until they hit eg-laying stage...hope this helps...
     
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    The rooster isn`t the problem, the hens are. They will give the younger girls a fit. Make sure you have a large area so the younger girls can escape. Things should settle down in a few days. Just watch for blood and if it happens, take out the injured party until she heals. May not come to that, but be watchfull.
     
  4. HenSpa

    HenSpa Chillin' With My Peeps

    My situation is such that my father is receiving my chicks with his order and raising them until they're ready to be integrated into my flock. Of course, I want them as soon as possible to get them used to my coop/hens and to free up my father from watching over too many. BUT I don't want to put them in harm's way with my rooster. I was thinking about 12-15 weeks, but just don't know...we're talking about a full-grown rooster here, not a pullet roo. Might make a difference.

    Although: his spurs are coming in, but not quite there; so I guess he's not technically full-grown yet. Will be a year old the beginning of the summer months.
     

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