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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickengirl1304, Jan 13, 2013.
I think it depends on breed but maybe 6 monthsish
Yes, it does depend on the breed. When they begin to have their fuller combs and wattles as these are physical, secondary sex characteristics. When they crow. When they begin to successfully mount the females. It doesn't take long for a cockerel to do the deed. At first, he may not have much success with the older hens, who may reject him as being beneath them to allow him to breed them. It takes time for him to establish himself in a flock, especially if there are older hens.
With many common, hatchery stock breeds, the young cockerels are pretty active at 8 months of age.
I agree depends on the breed. In most breeds 6-9months
My roosters became really active at 7months