Hello all, I have a question on breeding. I have a roo that I like his coloring and a hen I Ilke her laying and personality and I have them in a coop to breed. But as far as I can see (which isn't all the time) they have not bred. I'd like to use the coop now for other birds, is there anyway to (ok I know this is the wrong terminology, but it's the only way I can describe it...sry if I offend anyone)- manually breed them? From what I've read here on BYC it is simply the roo has to touch or rub (?) the hens bottom and she is fertile. perhaps that is way off in left field, if it's not possible then so be it, but... i'd still like to see what genetics I get. (they are both EE) Can I just rub his bottom to her bottom???
Also, I have a roo who is mean to some of my hens, he pecks their heads till they bleed, chases them till they become submissive then he jumps on their heads and back, not even trying to mate. I have some hens who don't come out of the coop b/c he's there. Is this one I should cull or just keep in a separate pen?