How old can a Roo be?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ilovechickens, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. ilovechickens

    ilovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2008
    West Central Wisconsin
    Hello, I just lost my Cochin Roo to a predator a few weeks ago leaving a few unhappy ladies behind. I just got a Roo on Saturday, so he is only a few days old. How old are they when they can start to breed, I would like my ladies to hatch a few eggs yet this year if possible:barnie They are the standard Cochin's.
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I think a roo starts mating his hens when he's somewhere in the ballpark of 18 weeks old. Maybe sooner.
  3. grandmachicken

    grandmachicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    Williamson, GA
    Mine started at about 20 weeks, the same time his sister started laying. Now he is 6 months old and out of control! He is mating not only with her but with my three other, much older, hens.
  4. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    It depends on the breed, but most between 5-6 months of age.

    Best Of Luck [​IMG]


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