Breeding age for Roosters

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by roosterjack, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. roosterjack

    roosterjack In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2007
    My three roosters are about 22 weeks old and have been mounting my hens for a few weeks. At what age are they mature enough to actually mate with a hen? Right now they appear to be going through the motions without actually breeding them. I thought I read somewhere in the forum that roosters were not capable of breeding until they were seven or eight months old.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Well, depends on the roo but it will take a few weeks or months for them to really get the process down and not miss. If you want to hatch eggs, your best bet will to wait till the roo's are the age you describe, 7-8 months... as for the hens, make sure the eggs are large enough to support the growth of a chick.

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