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

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shaggy, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. shaggy

    shaggy Songster

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

    3-4 months same age as hens for egg laying?
     
  2. gocrow77

    gocrow77 Crow's Nest

    May 13, 2009
    Central MO
    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! [​IMG]
     
  3. AmyJ

    AmyJ Songster

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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![​IMG]
     
  4. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

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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
     
  5. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Songster

    May 1, 2009
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    [​IMG] My chicks are 4 weeks old and I guess they started early! Funny, but the one got pecked in the head and I'm sure it wasn't that funny! [​IMG]
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    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.
     
  7. shaggy

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    Quote:practice makes perfect [​IMG]
     
  8. shaggy

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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
     
  9. Auntbeast

    Auntbeast In the Brooder

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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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