I have a beautiful Black Brahma roo, currently the only roo in our small flock. He is nearly 1 year old, large and heavy with beautiful feathering, but has only recently developed a prominent comb and wattles and started crowing. I've never seen him try to mate with the hens yet. Is his recent crowing a sign that he will be ready to mate soon? I know some of my hens will probably go broody in a month or two, as they have already begun laying again (those sneaky girls hid 10 eggs in a common nest in a secret nook in the yard!), and I'd love to have some chicks this spring.
I know Brahmas are generally slow to mature. I've never known a roo to take so long to start crowing or mating.
Also, some of the hens in my flock are rather petite and the Brahma roo is a heavy bird. Do you think it will be a problem?