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BO 6 wk old chick seemingly mature enough to mate

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Grace11, May 1, 2016.

  1. Grace11

    Grace11 Out Of The Brooder

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    This has got to be the strangest thing Ive ever seen! This little guy is 6 weeks old this weekend. His comb and wattles started developing at 2 weeks, became red at the time and got redder and redder. When they got fully feathered i put them into a small outside area like i do them all for the next phase of their development. He is not crowing but making strange sounds that are a precurser to it. The other day, this little bird grabbed the back of my hand, jumped up on my wrist and proceeded to try to mate my hand/wrist. (yes, there was emmission) YUCK! (I Am Grossed out to say the least)

    These are chicks that are standard size BO, from the farm store, nothing seems different about any of them, the females seem normal for their age. I was hoping that he might be a milder tempered Roo than the mix Bird I presently have, BUT this early activity maybe says that something is abnormal here. I handle all my birds to try to keep them reasonably friendly, so they are all handled daily while young, they perch on me and my arms and some seem to want to snuggle a little but most arent overly friendly. The only thing I know what to do is wait and see, but i have no qualms about putting a defective bird down, Last thing i want is a Roo that thinks hes my boss.
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bantam cochin cockerel whose comb turned red at 1 week and started trying to mate the pullets at 3 weeks. Figure his testosterone level ran high and early. He's got a side-bent beak, so is not breeding material anyway. We'll see by his behavior if he even gets to be rehomed...
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    While this precocious behavior in such a young chick isn't common, it's not abnormal. Like Jen points out, sometimes the testosterone level in these young cockerels is higher than normal, resulting in such antics.

    I had one myself last summer. A Golden Cuckoo Marans at six weeks was crowing, and a few weeks later, was mounting his brooder mate.

    It doesn't really indicate an unpleasant temperament, however. It's simply hormones, and they will normalize in time.
     
  4. Grace11

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    Well, thanks for the replies! this was never mentioned in any of my books or magazine collection! I was wondering if I should do the little guy in and do a necropsy. Maybe he'll live to bother the gals some day, especially if hes reasonably polite.
    THANKS!
     

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