How old Does a rooster half to be to breed?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickengirl1304, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think it depends on breed but maybe 6 monthsish
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    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.
     
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  4. wdeajr3

    wdeajr3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree depends on the breed. In most breeds 6-9months
     
  5. CayleeMarie03

    CayleeMarie03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roosters became really active at 7months
     

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