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#74073 - 06/05/03 05:44 PM adding rooster to hens?
Anonymous
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so now that I have my girls started I realized maybe I do want a rooster. Should I wait till they are all mature and get a mature male? get a young cockerell and gradually introduce it to the girls? get a mature male now and wait for the girls to grow up? girls are 4 weeks old. No males available from the batch that my girls came from. thanks!

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#74074 - 06/05/03 06:32 PM Re: adding rooster to hens?
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I suppose you could go either way. If it were me, I would get a rooster that is as old as the hens and put it with the hens ASAP. Chicks tend to be a lot less vicious than adults and as such, introduction of birds is much easier. Believe it or not, the hens could actually beat up the rooster.

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#74075 - 06/05/03 06:41 PM Re: adding rooster to hens?
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thank you! none of the books in the library addressed this.

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#74076 - 06/05/03 07:53 PM Re: adding rooster to hens?
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Registered: 03/28/03
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I dont think it much matters. We usually used a cock over a pullet and a stag over a hen. May just be in theory that one party is experienced!

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