How long is the act of mating?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by IroquoisEgg, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Rooster has started trying to mate with my hen who just started laying a week ago, and in fact, this is the only hen he'll attempt it with and only started to the day before she laid her 1st egg. My question is, how long is the act of mating because it's literally just seconds and then he's off. Is he still trying to get the hang of it? Or is that all it is? They are both very new to the "mature" chicken ways, but have grown up together. Obviously this is my 1st time witnessing this, so any advice regarding fertility chances and all the details are welcome.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    15 second tops. It happens quick.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I've never seen it last as long as 15 seconds, I don't think. More like 3 to 5 at most. Guess it's an individual thing....
     
  4. IroquoisEgg

    IroquoisEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay, then I guess that is about right more like 3-5 seconds. how soon can i expect fertile eggs?
     
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    It depends on the experience of the rooster. A young rooster will take much longer to "hit the mark" than an older, more experienced rooster.
     
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With my mob it is literally on and off.......wonder it ever works!

    Noticed my sheep mating today and that was not much longer.

    Sandie
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Wham, bam, thank you mam. Your eggs are fertile. Incubating pullet eggs is generally not a good idea. It may result in stunted weak chicks.
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree, your eggs are most likely fertile, but it would be best to at least wait til the eggs get larger, rather than trying to hatch those small pullet eggs.
     
  9. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    How long?
    Actually so fast that the hens complain.
     
  10. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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