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How old Does a rooster have to be to breed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Chickengirl1304, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. TimBaumann

    TimBaumann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually, if they're old enough to crow, they're old enough to make chicks. Crowing is an indication that his little man hormones have kicked in and he should be fertile.

    If he's mounting the hens, he's old enough to breed. Depending on the breed, the roo can be considered sexually mature by 4-6 months of age. Some breeds mature younger, some older.
     
  3. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uh oh! That's scary ^ because I just found out today that my Sebright x Serama cross whom I thought was a pullet is actually a cockerel, unless I have a crowing hen lol, and I don't want any more mutts right now so looks like I'm going to have to keep him away from my Serama ladies.
     

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