That’s good information to know!She's not ready. The boys are always ready before the girls are.
If he gets obnoxious and really starts stressing the pullets you can pen him so he can't harass them but still be in the flock.
When the girls squat for him, they are ready.
I think he's your keeper. A good cockerel/rooster is a valuable asset to the flock. He will help smooth the way for newcomers. And he's already being gentle with mating during his highly hormonal phase. Pictures?That’s good information to know!
We have a few males so we’re monitoring how they treat the ladies to decide who were keeping.
He was “good” about it though and he does the best with our young chicks we integrated. He’s actually the only one who doesn’t chase them.
'Good' and mature cock/erels will not mate with non laying females.I never knew roosters mated with hens that were not laying yet.
That may change here soon.The males are very close. They grew up together and are bro's.
I know what they're called. Like I said, I've had chickens my whole life. I wrote it that way to benefit the people who didn't know the difference.'Good' and mature cock/erels will not mate with non laying females.
A 15week old cockerel will generally try to hump anything.
That may change here soon.
FYI-PSA.....semantics, maybe, but can be important communication terms when discussing chicken behavior.
Female chickens are called pullets until one year of age, then they are called hens.
Male chickens are called cockerels until one year of age, then they are called cocks(or cockbirds or roosters).
Age in weeks or months is always a good thing to note.
Well, I was just surprised that the hens who are not laying yet registered as female to them. I never watched them this closely before lol. I figured they would need to lay eggs to produce feminine odors to attract the male, but if they mount anything... that answers that haha.I had a nine week old cockerel try mounting his foster mom before. She did not take it well and kicked him from the other chicks she was still rearing