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Basic Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AccidentalFarm, May 12, 2007.

  1. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age do roosters begin mating hens? And do they need a 'break-in' or 'trial' period before the hens eggs are fertile?

    Heh, forgive the newbie question. [​IMG] I have no experience in this area to draw from.
     
  2. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Hi AccidentalFarm !
    I can't answer the first part of your question, but I think I read here that it takes about 2 weeks for the fertility issue to kick in.
    I may be wrong...so someone correct me please... [​IMG]
     
  3. fosterchick

    fosterchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was told that they will being to mate between 6 and 8 months
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I've heard two weeks and I've also heard three weeks. So, I would say three weeks for fertile to be safe. [​IMG]
     
  5. jmantoo1

    jmantoo1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi i have a rir roo and it just turned 7 months old and rides everthing in site lol
     
  6. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay, i'm not sure i'm following this post right, the first part i get, but what do you mean by break in period 2-3 weeks, i'm sorry im so lost [​IMG] ust a bit of being a polock [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The cockerels usually start mounting the pullets about the same time they start to lay.
     
  8. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Quote:As a friend and former resident of the wonderful country of Poland, I am just horrified at the above slur....j/k [​IMG]
     
  9. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry [​IMG] lol i'm so used to it coming from my family, it's from my mom's side so when ever i go to my grandparents on my dad's side they always call me a polak [​IMG] but to clear things i do love poland,been there in fact, when i was 7 very pretty place would love to go there again
     
  10. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    It really is a beautiful country...do you remember what part you visited.
    It was nice driving through the small villages and seeing flocks of chickens roaming around.
     

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