Brahma maturity

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dorinkashi, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. Dorinkashi

    Dorinkashi Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys !!
    I hv a light brahma rooster, as per seller said at the time of purchase thg he was 2.5 months old, and he is with me from 10th Dec 2016 so now he should be 6 months old .
    I hv read from many resources tht Brahma will take atleast year to mature.
    Issue is tht he is bitting pullet which is jst 5 months old, he tries to mount her while ahe is not ready for it.
    Rooster starts crowing, and showing too mch aggression even towards me as well.
    I just wanna know is my cock ready to breed as he is jst 6 months old, he dont hv spur as well as I thought growing spur is also a sign of adult bird..
    Kindly help me out .. [​IMG]
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sexual maturity is different than fully matured. Most roosters reach sexual maturity at about 4-6 months. A Brahma rooster won't be fully matured and filled out until about 2 years of age.
     
  3. RPClark

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    I have a dark brahma rooster. He began mounting the hens (all the same age as him) at about 5 or 5 1/2 months of age.

    We have 14 layers. Some of the hens won't let him mount.

    You may also want to read some of the recent threads about aggressive roosters. My dark brahma was getting aggressive with me; I broke him of that real quick using some of the techniques described. Better to get a handle on that with a younger bird than letting it go on too long with chicken stew as the only way to fix the situation.
     
  4. azygous

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    Yes, your cockerel is probably shooting live rounds, but he's far from mature, physically as well as emotionally. He's the equivalent of a thirteen year old human boy. "Nuff said.

    Your Brahma cockerel has the potential to be a very docile rooster if you treat him the right way now. Understand that he's confused by the sudden flow of hormones that have drastically altered his view of just about everything and everyone in his world. He has urges that will be met with anything but the cooperation he expects from the hens, increasing his frustrations. If you enter his world and start ordering him around and setting up roadblocks, it's going to confuse and frustrate him even more. He will quickly see you as a threat and not someone to be trusted.

    While you must not allow him to be aggressive toward you, you also need to ignore him as much as possible. Do not try to handle him unless it's absolutely necessary. His demeanor depends as much on your behavior as it does his. He needs to know you trust him to find his way into his role as rooster of the flock, and in return, he's a lot more likely to respect and trust you.

    You need to be very self assured in how you handle the hens and you need to be slow and very deliberate, no sudden brash moves, around him. If he plants himself in your path, you need to keep walking forward right through him, causing him to be the one to remove himself from your path. Be aware of where he is at all times. Don't allow him to sneak up behind you. If that happens, turn around and stand your ground, making him be the one to turn around and leave.

    You will hear a lot of conflicting advice about how to treat a young cockerel. Most people will insist you should not let him mate a hen in your presence. In my opinion, this is a terribly misguided and foolish notion. He needs to know you trust him to conduct himself in his proper role in the flock. Mating happens to be one of his most important roles. Do not worry about him mistreating the hens. They are more than up to the challenge of schooling a young Don Juan. They'll train him better than you can.

    If you can relax and do your job as flock care taker and allow him to fulfill his role as flock leader, you will soon have a young roo you will be proud of and can trust.
     
  5. Dorinkashi

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    Bundle of thanks to all dear fellows :)
    @azygous so May I introduce a fully matured hen age is apprx 1 year for him ?
    Actually the hen wid him is too young & I hv doubt the he may kill her ..
    So Du u think he may be able to induce fertility in adult hen ?
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    First they'll kick his butt, may teach him some manners, could take quite some time for them to allow him to mount.
    But better to have him in with the older hens, than with the prepubescent pullets.
     
  7. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    If your intention is to breed for chicks at this time, I would wait six more months for that when the quality of his sperm will be much better and more dependable. He's not going to have a very good technique for a few more months. He's liable to miss his target more often than not. I've watched with much hilarity a young cockerel zoom in on his chosen only to somersault right over her head onto his own noggin.

    But putting him in with a mature hen will be no problem.
     

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