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My rooster tries to mate with my hens, but they won't let him. Is this normal, or are my hen's instincts not working?

 

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I am the father of three Americana hens (Abigail, Dolley, and Eleanor) a buff orp rooster and hen (George and Rosalyn), a salmon faverolle hen (Rachel) and a D'uccle bantam hen and rooster (Mary Todd and Abe).
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I am the father of three Americana hens (Abigail, Dolley, and Eleanor) a buff orp rooster and hen (George and Rosalyn), a salmon faverolle hen (Rachel) and a D'uccle bantam hen and rooster (Mary Todd and Abe).
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Lol! That's sort of funny! Sorry can't answer that one!:D

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Are they young birds? It takes a while to work things out, with new birds or if you bring in a new rooster.

 

Sometimes the ladies just want a little more romance~

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Rachel BB

 

I will praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands. For Your are who You are, no matter where I am. Every tear I've cried, You hold in Your hands. You've never left my side, and though my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm. 

 

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Maturity has a lot to do with it. It's pretty normal for a mature hen to not allow an immature rooster mating priviledges. Part of that is that the mating ritual demonstrates dominance. If the rooster cannot dominate her by the force of his personality, he is out of luck.

Also, mature hens prefer a rooster that properly performs his duties. A good rooster should dance for a hen, not just try to hop on. He should find food for her and let her eat first. He should maintain peace in his flock, breaking up fights and such. He should protect a hen from the unwelcome advances of a non-dominant rooster if she asks for his assistance. He should watch out for predators. Some older roosters and a lot of immature roosters don't do this so they get no respect from the more mature hens.

On the other hand, the pullets need to reach a certain maturity before they know to submit. The females have a part in this too.

Then you have the hens and especially young pullets that will squat for anything in spurs. it doesn't matter.

I've had roosters as young as 4 months be accepted by mature hens. I had a rooster 10 months old before the older hens accepted him. The roosters and the hens mature at different rates and have different personalities.

My guess is that your rooster is still too immature to be accepted by the hens. Give him time.
Edited by Ridgerunner - 10/25/12 at 9:59am

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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thanks, our chickens just turned 5 months old yesterday

I am the father of three Americana hens (Abigail, Dolley, and Eleanor) a buff orp rooster and hen (George and Rosalyn), a salmon faverolle hen (Rachel) and a D'uccle bantam hen and rooster (Mary Todd and Abe).
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I am the father of three Americana hens (Abigail, Dolley, and Eleanor) a buff orp rooster and hen (George and Rosalyn), a salmon faverolle hen (Rachel) and a D'uccle bantam hen and rooster (Mary Todd and Abe).
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