A...delicate question about maturing roosters, LOL....f

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jeffross1968, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    So, I have 2 roosters maturing at the same time, though over the last few days we've seen one taking the alpha position, and spending a lot of time chasing the other one around the yard and away from "his" girls. Anyway, the alpha is "getting his groove on" about every 2.7 minutes, all day long. My question, and trying hard to keep this as clean as possible...mating that much...how much...uh....ammo, does he have in his gun on a daily basis, and how much of his mating is not resulting in fertilizing the target?

    That was exhausting just asking....

    Also, regarding the non-alpha roo...right now we have 11 layers, with another 20 coming to maturity over the next 4 or 5 months. While he was the first to mate the hens, he's now finding himself either not mating at all, or very rarely, once or twice a day, mating one of the almost ready to lay hens, who don't really dig it very much, LOL. Once things settle down, will he likely have his pick of a few of the 30 hens? Or will he just get chased away until the alpha dies off?
     
  2. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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    Ok your post was a little difficult to understand because you where trying to be so 'clean' so let me see if I got it right: you have two roosters, one of them is the top dog and he is mounting the girls every couple of minutes and you want to know how much semen he has left and how much of it is going towards fertalizing the eggs and if the other rooster will even mount the hens, right?
    Every 2.7 minutes!!!?!?!?!!??!?!? [​IMG]wow. that guy is serious about his job. his body is constantly producing sperm so he isn't going to run out. 100 % of that is going towards fertalization. and the rooster who is lower on the pecking order won't mount the hens unless the top rooster isn't around. hope that was helpfull!
     
  3. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Hey, was trying to be family friendly [​IMG]

    Yep, that's exactly what I was wondering. And I was being conservative about the 2.7 minutes [​IMG]
     
  4. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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    I never saw a rooster mount that often. Most roosters only do every fifteen minutes or so.
     
  5. Crippledturkey

    Crippledturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a EE and a BCM rooster and both will try to give some lovings to the hens after they exit the coup and love a couple of hens before they go to bed that they missed. And mabey 1 out of three times I would guess they actually succeed in fully facilitating fertilization as they kick one one another off the hens, it is not violent fighting and quite funny to watch.
     
  6. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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    loving? [​IMG] the hens don't seem to enjoy it.
     
  7. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Humorless, completely humorless [​IMG]

    Probably right during most of the day. But in the morning and the last couple hours in the evening...probably closer to 2.7 minutes....
     
  8. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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    I just had a thought, is he on one hen or is he just mounting each hen once? because that would make more sense........
     
  9. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
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    He works his way through all of them over and over all day. He's only been doing this for a couple weeks, so his hormones are raging. He does favor some of them more than the others though.
     
  10. my rooster mounts every single one ( except for the top dog , Chloe ) in about one hour in the morning, then he is done. we have 20 hens.
     

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