A rooster question:
My former roo always let us know his gender. (Crowing & mating hens nonstop)
My current boy crows a lot less (It's wonderful!) However, I don't see him mate often anymore. Do they mate less during the winter months or could he have low T?
Around 22 weeks old, he would only go after the girls his own age. The bigger hens intimidated him! Eventually, he mated them too - then got pecked & chased away for his attention. I've seen him do the dance recently, but he seems to have stopped chasing the girls around. He's an 8 month old, giant Lavender Orpington. Could he have learned manners or will the mating pick up when spring hits?
I've noticed recently a big drop off in my boys urgency to jump anything that will stay still long enough for them to get attached. I attribute it partially to winter and partially to them maturing. I found last year with some of my older roosters that I wasn't noticing mating as often. Then I actually paid attention and realized that some mating was still going on, but it wasn't accompanied by the wild squawking of the hens that had grabbed my attention earlier. The boys were doing more actual courting and the girls were giving it up more willingly. There was still chicken sex, but it wasn't nearly as violent. That being said, when it gets cold and dark during the winter, I believe everyone takes a bit of a break. My girls have certainly taken a break from egg laying also.