at what age are roosters able to "cover" a hen?

gocrow77

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May 13, 2009
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I asked a similare question awhile back about rooster maurity/fertility. I never got an answer, so I will be watching this to see if my question is answered by yours!
 

AmyJ

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Jan 21, 2009
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Mine are "practicing" right now lol. They are about 10 weeks old. We won't have any eggs yet for a while though. Hope that helps!
 

TennesseeTruly

Songster
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Mar 5, 2009
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Mine are 13 weeks old and I just caught my roos try to mount the hens and each other. ROFL!! The hens were lying on the ground sunning themselves and the roos were trying to mount them.

When the other roos were lying on the ground, they were trying to mount them too!!

Quite the show they put on for me today! LOL

Laurie
 

speckledhen

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Feb 3, 2007
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My Delaware boy was 15 weeks old last week when he successfully mated my year old Del hen a few times. He's not awkward at all, the Cassanova. They can be fertile anywhere from 16 weeks on, generally.
 

shaggy

Songster
10 Years
May 11, 2009
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Quote:sounds like males can fertilize an egg at the same age that females can lay them


now time to talk the wife into letting us keep our roo long enough to cover our hens and get a hatch out of them
 

Auntbeast

In the Brooder
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Mar 25, 2009
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When do hens start being receptive? My Roo is courting one of my hens for all he is worth. She will NOT submit. She's probably 10 weeks old and basically is benefiting from his generosity and protection, but ain't givin' it up. My 6 week old hen is scared to death of him.
 

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