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When does a rooster become of age

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At what age are roosters fertile?  And begin to mate?

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They begin to be fertile at around 1 year of age, but starts mating at around 5-months old. When they're 5-months old and starts to mate they still can't fertilize the eggs but once they're about a year old they can now fertilize them.

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Originally Posted by SillyChick 

They begin to be fertile at around 1 year of age, but starts mating at around 5-months old. When they're 5-months old and starts to mate they still can't fertilize the eggs but once they're about a year old they can now fertilize them.

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SillyChick, I passed your information on yesterday to my nephew who asked me.  I got to thinking about it and Googling, and I do not find any source that agrees with you.  Actually, most sources say that a rooster's most potent/verile/fertile age is between 40 and 50 weeks and that it's all downhill for him after 12 months. 
I'm guessing that they're capable of fertilizing eggs much earlier than 40 weeks, but I haven't seen any literature that discusses that.

Other members, any comments/information on the subject that you can pass on?


Edited by joebryant - 6/2/08 at 9:15am
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I believe a rooster is just like Humans. When they enter "puberty" meaning. for a chicken when they get the age of starting to crow/mate./lay eggs is when they become fertile. but just me.


EDIT: Ps, i've had eggs hatch off a 5 month old stag before. Just felt like saying.. Again. just my opinion


Edited by DTchickens - 6/2/08 at 9:08am

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Fourth generation poultry breeder focusing on Kraienköppe- the breed that won my heart and replaced all others on my farm.
http://www.freewebs.com/dtsfowl/

 

Interested in poultry showing? Live in Mississippi or a nearby state? Check out the Mississippi Poultry Show Club

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post #5 of 7

Roosters tend to begin mating at around 16 weeks of age (although individuals may vary).  They are fertile almost immediately, but they may not provide good coverage.  They may not have the proper technique mastered, and they may not cover all of the hens, so total flock fertility with a youngster may be rather low at first. But it can just as easily be fine.  My cockerel is 18 weeks old, has been mating the hens for about 3 weeks, and I have nice bullseyes in most of my eggs right now.

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Thanks, DTchickens and seriousbill, guess I'd better call my nephew and retract what I told him.

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post #7 of 7

i have a rooster that is about 10 weeks old and hasnt showed aggression or trying to mate or he hasnt crowed or tried to any answers?thumbsup.gif

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