How do chickens mate?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cocoaskin, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. cocoaskin

    cocoaskin In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2009
    Can anyone tell me how chickens mate, becuase I have a rooster that has been climbing on top of both of my two hens. Any ideas?
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2009
  2. Shelanie

    Shelanie Songster

    Feb 16, 2008
    Southern California
    That would be mating.
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I'm pretty sure, from your description, that what you're seeing is your rooster is mating your hens.
  4. You can look it up on google or EVEN youtube.

    It is a run after the hen by the roo, followed by a squat by the hen followed by a mount of the roo ON the BACK and maybe even a hold of the hens feathers by the roo, then a jump off of the roo, a ruffle of the feathers by the hen and then OF COURSE a long and obnoxious crow by the roo with maybe even a few wing flaps.

    That, it chicken mating.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 22, 2009
  5. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Cocoaskin, I hope your question was answered.
    Folks, please remember that this is a place where questions should be answered seriously when trying to educate about chickens.

    I removed the besides-the-point posts.
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    cocoaskin, My Roo will do the 'drop wing boogy dance around the hen before and after mating. That would be another sure sign. It is 'very' quick and mating season is ALL year!.
  7. briana1975

    briana1975 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    I call it his happy feet dance trying to impress them. It usually doesn't work. So now he chirps to them about some goodie he finds on the ground which is usually dirt or grass them jumps on their backs when they are looking for the food he called them over for. So yes first it is the "chase' or in my roosters case the "trick" then the hen will squat and he jumps on her back to mate her.
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Considering the mechanics involved, it's incredible that chickens are able to reproduce. The rooster doesn't have any body parts to insert into the hen. Instead, he has to bend his body as he stands on the back of the hen so that his back opening -- his cloaca, the same opening where his poop comes out -- touches the hen's cloaca. It's actually called a cloacal kiss, and that brief touch is all that's necessary for the rooster to pass his seed into the hen. The hen is able to store the rooster's sperm to fertilize several of her eggs that will be laid over the next week or so.
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  9. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Songster

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    Quote:That is sooo amazing!
  10. Quote:Okay, honestly, I find that disturbing, and really, un-romantic...

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