at what age are the roosters mature and capable of mating?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Theapplechicks, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens are not even laying yet. They are all about 14wk old or so. I have one rooster that is also 14wk and 3 that are only about 9wk. They have started showing some aggression towards each other, I guess to see who's boss but what has puzzled me even more is that 2 of them are already mounting the hens, or attempting to. At what age are they fertile and is it normal for them to try to mount that young?
     
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  2. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] moving to top to see if I get a response.... no one likes to answer my posts! lol!
     
  3. CherryChick

    CherryChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I could help you out. I'm not sure when they become fertile. My roosters are doing that too. Just watch out they don't come after you thinking your a nice hen [​IMG]
     
  4. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think the general answer is 6 months, however, there are always exceptions depending on the breed and whatever else that may effect it.
     

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