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    Breeding your pullet

    Whats the youngest you can put a pullet into breeding?

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilbithatch View Post
    Whats the youngest you can put a pullet into breeding?
    After she's a Hen.........

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    I'll say when she is mature and laying a nice egg. I think she's as good for breeding at 1 year old. I had a pullet that hatched out in the yard when she was 7 months old. One of her stags win 12 fights.

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    I'll say when she is mature and laying a nice egg. I think she's as good for breeding at 1 year old. I had a pullet that hatched out in the yard when she was 7 months old. One of her stags win 12 fights.
    I used 4 pullets of your mugs senior LaBlue and have nice looking, healthy chicks in pen right now.

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    The first few eggs are usually small and often misshaped. After that your good to go.

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    If you have a good way of basic understanding in selection, breeding the pullet for mass production maybe difficult but not impossible.

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    Thanks for the input!!! Much apreciated

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    I stay away from pullet breeding. Only reason is there eggs are smaller and in my thinking small egg small fowl

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    I agree. Smaller eggs, smaller fowl.

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    Maybe that is one reason I like pullets. Smaller stags. Most of mine are in the upper 5's. I breed my old cocks with them and younger cocks and stags occasionally over the old hens.

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    I generally only breed from 2nd year hens and up. I like to see how the pullets mature before breeding into them. I hen hatch all my biddies. But usually leave the last clutch for the hen herself to hatch. I have found from experience not all pullets make good broodies. Some will flat out kill everything they hatch the first go round. Not all but some. By the next year they are most times fine. if not I cull them.

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    I like to use pullets around 9mo and up I also used some at 8 no.

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    After they start laying good size eggs.
    Last edited by tonetone559; June 2nd, 2018 at 09:20 PM.

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    This past year weather was kinda crazy for me....I single mate and all 6 of my primary hens weren't laying eggs in January so replaced them with pullets who were already laying eggs....only one pullet sat on her eggs so I pulled the pullets and went back to my original hen lineup .... i ended up with March April hatches.....i had a pullet that was in my second lineup that layed over 60 eggs till now and she never sat on her eggs? maybe next year?...back yard breeding....for breeding purposes only....alohas

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    My dad was taught by Johnny Jacobs that pullets will throw faster more athletic fowl while your older hens will throw bigger bodied more powerful fowl. He liked to keep his broodpens a total of 3 years or younger. For example if you have 2 year old hens breed to a stag for a total of 3 years. Or breeding pullets to a 2 year old rooster. I keep to this for the most part as I breed more for athleticism than I do big bodies. I do at times break the rule of thumb if I find a really good producer or have one I want to line breed back to then I breed them until their chicks start coming not as strong or eggs don't hatch as well. It does seem to work out though, the ones out of the older hens does seem to come a little bigger but the fastest ones are always the smaller ones out of the pullets. I have pullets that will start laying at 5 or 6 months but usually wait and start breeding them when they are 8 months or more. The younger ones have a tendency to lay a few eggs then quit for awhile. I don't do any hen hatching so the setting on eggs doesn't affect me any.

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    Small birds are always faster, large birds are more powerful.
    Ive had some large hatch from small hens and small hatch from large hens over the years.
    I single mate & hen hatch/raise all.
    The reason i like to use hens rather than pullets is because once she is mature (hen) you know what you got.
    I think we've all looked out in the yard and seen that stunning pullet with her tail all fanned out and up right body looking like shes no.1 only to find as they all mature into hens there is another no.1 (dominant)
    They can sometimes fool you.
    Pullets just aren't developed mentally or structurally like a hen but they can be dam fine to look at.

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    Re: Breeding your pullet

    Read up on Lymphoid Leukosis and breeding from pullets, eye opener.

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