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Old rooster meets young hens...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fopzuu, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. fopzuu

    fopzuu In the Brooder

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    Just curious...I recently bought two pullets-they are 5-maybe 6 months old. They are not laying yet. So, my question is ...How long should I wait until I put them in with my rooster? He is at least two years old. They had a meet and greet today and he wasn't being aggressive....but the hens , after a couple minutes, started to run away from him. So I separated them again...Just wondering how long I should wait?
    Thanks
     
  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    Well, you are supposed to quarantine new birds for a month. After that they should be old enough and be fine.
     
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  3. fopzuu

    fopzuu In the Brooder

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    That makes sense...(I am very new to this) So I won't feel bad about keeping them apart, Thanks.
    I hope their five minute interaction yesterday won't do the roo any harm:/
     
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

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    Keep an eye on your roo when he is back with the pullets. Usually a roo can service 10 to 14 hens with no letting up. I would see to it he isn't being to agressive with only 2 women![​IMG]

    bigzio
     
  5. fopzuu

    fopzuu In the Brooder

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    Thanks:) He used to run with three hens before he became ours...BTW, do roosters let up at all as they age?
     

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