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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WestVermont, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. WestVermont

    WestVermont Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a foolish question for you.... My dominant roo Kelloggs has started attacking or ie trying to mount my hens... now that he is 15+ weeks will he keep doing this or just a random thing? also when does he become fertile? What do you do with your roos.... keep him with his girls or keep them apart til you want to breed?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Oh, he'll keep doing it and will perfect his technique somewhat. Right now he's like an obsessed teen aged boy. If the pullets are the same age as him, they will be somewhat resistant to his advances as they are still sexually immature. If he can 'make contacct', a cockerel his age can fertilie eggs.
     
  3. mtnviewfarms

    mtnviewfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 8 cockerels and and 36 pullets - all were raised together and are 8 months old - with the
    exception of my 'primary' Roo - Giblet - from my previous flock of BRs. There are minor squabbles but Giblet is 'the boss' and all other cockerels fall into line behind him.

    I keep the cockerels with the pullets, love to see all of the social and other interactions but yes,
    it seems all my flock does is mate, eat, crow and do the egg song, lay eggs and poop and provide
    the best entertainment I've seen in decades.

    Since I have multiple heritage breeds together if I want to have pure breed hatching eggs I just
    put my best of whichever breed in a large pen ( takes a month until all the other 'donors' fertilization is gone ) and let them breed.
     
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  4. WestVermont

    WestVermont Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the insight.
     
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    The only way that rooster's gonna stop trying to breed hens is if he's dead. Roosters gotta mate.

    What I think is funniest is when our subordinate roos are sneaking around behind the dominant roo's back mating his hens on the sly. They wait until his back's turned and then GO FOR IT!!!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    A true 'quicky'. [​IMG]
     

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