2 roosters crow.... 2 more won't mate or crow lots of hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by maf2008, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. maf2008

    maf2008 Songster

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    I have lots of hens and a huge pen. So far I have 100 plus hens and only 3/4 roosters for sure. (I am very very lucky!)

    2 White Leghorns do mate with hens and crow. The RIR is a rooster... no mating no crowing. All roosters are 15 weeks.

    I want the rir to be a breeder... What is happening here? [​IMG]

    They are all too young to mate but I think are trying.... and of course no eggs from hens.... I am waiting until weeks 20/26 for eggs.

    Please advise how to get the rir to make? I am thinking of starting a "bachelor" pen and all hens are free to roam in the large run and roosters are kept in a seperate run/breeding area to not bother the hens. Any ideas here on that??? thanks
     
  2. Sounds like a late bloomer to me. Don`t expect too much, too early. Some breeds mature ealier than others. RIRs aren`t them......Pop
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If one of your leghorns has designated himself as the alpha roo, it's very likely that the others are too intimidated by him to attempt mating. That and they just haven't matured enough yet.
     

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