encouraging chickens to get their groove on?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emilyann, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. emilyann

    emilyann Out Of The Brooder

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    This is a bit of a follow on from this thread

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=92174


    Its been a while now and Paxo is still as lovely as ever. I bought some little cochin hens, and as one is squatting and brooding on her nest I had guessed it was time to bring Paxo in to do his thing...
    But the hen is being nasty to him, and he doesnt seem rough and tough enough to make her respect him and do the deed [​IMG]

    I have Paxo on loan from his owners, and I will need to return him soon, can anyone give me any advice on how I can encourage romance between these two?
    I have two other cochin hens the same age as the broody hen, but they havent laid eggs or squatted, so im assuming they are not yet mature enough for breeding?

    This rooster really is something special and I would love to keep his lines going.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It can take upwards of a month for a rooster to get his place in the new flock and take over the girls. That said, the girls need to be mature enough to accept a rooster, meaning likely at least 6 months old if you want eggs. Of course they could be accepting younger and so on, and hens who have had a rooster in their past know their place better than ones who have been moving around in an all girl lifestyle.
     
  3. emilyann

    emilyann Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks so much silkiechicken, I was worried there was no hope!
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Teach him this song:
     
  5. emilyann

    emilyann Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]

    thanks, needed that giggle this morning!

    My bantam enclosure is a small fence surronding around an old tin shed. Ive divided the shed, scratching area and doorway in half with chicken wire so they are together, but the girls cant bite him through the wire. I usually let my girls free-range during the day, but I thought If I kept them in their shed and enclosure, and thus near to Paxo, they might get to know each other better/faster? As it is, when I let them all out, the hens go to one end of the yard and Paxo sticks well away on the other.
    If I am on the right track, can anyone please give me advice on when to take down the wire fence separating them, and any advice to make this combining of chickens go smoothly as possible? I really dont want my friends rooster getting hurt!
     
  6. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Maybe some chicken viagra, romantic music, candles, and scratch grains (chicken chocolates)?
     

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