Cockerell Question!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by angeldoxie1, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. angeldoxie1

    angeldoxie1 In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2010
    How do roos mate with chickens? I want to make sure because my young light brahma has been changing behavior with the hens. He pecks at the back of their heads, appears to be trying to hold them down, and tries to mount them. I hear that the process is really quick and around 15 seconds. So if he is then how soon will they lay?
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    That is mating behavior. Males mature faster than females. Males will generally start mating behavior anywhere from 3 months to 5 months, whereas a pullet won't be ready until around 6 months.

    If your female's combs are growing and getting red, then it won't be long. Bright red is a sign of sexual maturity.
  3. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    All you ever didnt want to know about how things work down there:


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