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Hello Everyone!! Rooster Question...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jedi Clampett, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Jedi Clampett

    Jedi Clampett In the Brooder

    Oct 11, 2013
    New chicken owner here. Just got my first chickens a week ago - 1 rooster, 8 hens. I was just wondering how old the rooster will have to be before he...well.....starts acting like a rooster. He was one of maybe 15 roosters in a pen full of hens when I got him and I expected him to be like a kid in a candy store when I got him separated with his own girls. He pretty much just acts about like another hen. I was told that he and the girls were "about 6 months old" when I bought them, but I can't be sure about that. He has bad taste in fashion and is a terrible dancer, so I don't think THAT'S the problem. ;) Any thoughts?
  2. ChickenGirly

    ChickenGirly In the Brooder

    May 17, 2013
    Jacksonville Fl
    First off, [​IMG] and my roosters started acting like rooster a few days after my girls started laying. Maybe they're still establishing the pecking order, and he isn't interested in breeding yet.
  3. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop 6 Years

    Jun 16, 2012
    Tending to my chickens
    When I introduced my rooster into our all girl flock, he didn't start to try to do that stuff until maybe a month or so after we got him. First, they have to establish a new pecking order, then he has to try to woo the girls. It can take some time, but eventually should happen.
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] if the girls are ganging up on him it may take awhile before he asserts himself
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Well, if he's mature and the hens will allow him to do what roosters do, he could be busy already. I introduced a rooster to my trio of hens a few weeks ago and my little bantam hen took one look at him and squatted.
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging 7 Years

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    He may just be used to being the low man on the totem pole, so it may take him a little time until he realizes he is the top dog.
  8. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy.
  9. Teri Metcalf

    Teri Metcalf Songster

    Aug 22, 2013
    College Station, Texas
    Greetings from Texas. I agree with what others are saying. Give him time to build relationships.
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!

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