How long does it take for a Rooster to perform

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bobbieschicks, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    I've never had roosters and hens, so this may be a stupid question. But I'm wondering how long a rooster needs to take to actually fertilize the eggs because we've watched our 19 week old Foghorn mount his pullet, Snow White, and then dismount in what seemed like a very short time. There's no chatter or squawking going on - just on and off. So I was wondering if that was it and he was done or if this action is just the preliminary stuff leading up to a longer act later?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    All it takes is a touch of the cloaca. It takes about 10 seconds tops.
     
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    You can always open an egg or two to see if they're fertilized.
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I would say 10 seconds would be a marathon for my rooster [​IMG]

    My hens will not squat for him yet. [​IMG] He tries to woo them, but they run. Hopefully they will squat for him and not just me soon. I think his ego is bruised [​IMG]
     
  5. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    When I open the eggs how will I know they are fertilized versus not unless I incubate them?
     
  6. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Quote:Okay then he probably has time.
     
  7. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There will be a white bulls eye in the middle of the egg.There was a picture on here somewhere of what it looks like,I`ll see if I can find it.In the search box at the top of the page typein what does a fertilzed egg look like and you will see some pictures.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2011
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blink and you'll miss it. Each mating is short, but then they do it a lot.
     
  9. Cwittofur

    Cwittofur Out Of The Brooder

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  10. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    8 seconds.
     

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