10wk old cockerels mounting already? Chicken sitting in water?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by IcarusSomnio, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. IcarusSomnio

    IcarusSomnio Songster

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    My three Welsummer cockerels are mounting (or at least trying to) my Cochin banty hen. Are they really fertile already? She's laying on a regular basis now, I was wondering if the eggs are hatchable or not [​IMG]

    The Cochin isn't looking ragged or anything, they usually hop on then off again.

    Also, I let everyone out of the coop the other day (early morning) and when I checked on them later, the Cochin hen was sitting IN the pond! There is a little shelf-like area and she was just happily perched right there. She gave me a "What?!" look when I took her out. She seems happy and healthy, was she maybe just trying to cool off?
     

  2. midget_farms

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    Wow - I've never heard of one getting in the water & not drowning!

    If your roosters are mounting her they are fertile. Different breeds mature at different ages.
     
  3. Well I know that my cockerels are mounting already and they definitely are not fertile yet. Saw one yesterday mount another. I am so glad they will be in the freezer soon I don't want that many cockerels. Just my breeder and the banty we bought.
     

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