Which is better; older or younger?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by RedDrgn, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Considering adding a rooster to our flock of five hens (18 weeks old, currently). Probably wouldn't do this until early spring, but am thinking about the best way to introduce one. Which do you think is/would be best?

    1. Get one that's 1+ year(s) old?
    2. Get one of similar age to the rest of the flock?
    3. Get a chick?

    I'd really like to go with a welsumer or houdan, though my DH is more keen on a banty roo in which case we're both quite partial to d'uccles. [​IMG]

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    If you're introducing him alone to the flock, I would go with #1, a rooster that is over a year old.

    He will have to get through the pecking order, so his experience will help him with that.

    Just my humble opinion,

  3. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Quote:I agree. My silkie roo had no issues and he is 1 + years old.

    My cockerel is picked on daily. Good thing he is fast! [​IMG]

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