The rooster i have currently lives with 2 Orpington girls who were all hatched at the same time, They are about 5 months old and not laying yet .. Next door to them I have to wyandotte bantam hens, not sure on age but laying ..They are separated because the 2 orps dont seem to like them and fight all the time .. The reason my title says choosy roo is this ... The rooster shows no signs of wanting to mate with the orps ..but when i let him out with the wyandottes he is constantly doing his "cockerel dance" .. Could this be because the wyandottes are older and laying already and he knows this ..or is it because he sees the orps as sisters and wont breed with them . I realy want him to mate with both sets of girls if possible.. he is just being stubborn .. My brother seems to think that he is treading the orps already because of the amount of loose feathers in the coop ..im not so sure ive never seen him "dance" around them. ...... On a side note ... at what age should the orps start laying ..Is there anything i can do to start them off . ..