keeping a rooster with pullets that haven't started laying

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ahmed_D, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Ahmed_D

    Ahmed_D Just Hatched

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    Hello byc
    I have 3 16-18 week old pullets that haven't started laying yet, is it safe to keep a mature rooster with them at that age or not, I know its best to do it after they start laying but is it safe to do it now?
    Thx
     
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It should be safe, he may be a little rough with them so just make sure they have enough room to get away and separate perches. I raised pullets with my roosters of various ages and generally the teenage roosters are the worst, mature roosters tend to be a little more patient about things.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sometimes the hens will give a new roo a proper beating, to teach him manners.If you don't want fertile eggs for hatching or to sell, you don't really need a rooster.
    Your hens would thank you for that. They would continue to lay just as many eggs without him (though infertile)
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. You have some great advice already, so I'll just say hello.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  5. Ahmed_D

    Ahmed_D Just Hatched

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    Thank you everyone!!!
     

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