Introducing young rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by christmasdiane, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. christmasdiane

    christmasdiane Hatching

    Jun 29, 2013
    I have 6 barnevelder pullets which are 11 weeks old and I intend to put a rooster with them. Can I introduce one now that will be the same age as the girls or should I wait until they begin laying to introduce one ?
  2. mpmb1227

    mpmb1227 Chirping

    Jan 28, 2015
    Stanwood, Washington
    It might be better to wait, when they are sexually mature they almost always accept a rooster instantly, in my experience. I would also try for a rooster that is around a year old or so, they have less testosterone induced rage at that point, and they are quite easy to find at that age. And how wonderful that you chose barnevelders; my favorite breed. They are great, especially for first timers as they are docile, quiet, and oh so pretty!
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2016
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Good advice^^^^

    One thing to consider when bringing in a new bird is medical quarantine:

    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search
  4. christmasdiane

    christmasdiane Hatching

    Jun 29, 2013
    Yes, quarantine is a good idea, and my girls are very docile, much more so than the wyandottes that I hatched last September and are currently my laying stock, thanks for the advice [​IMG]

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