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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mayberry Chicken Shack, Jan 22, 2013.
I was wondering how old a rooster needs to be to fertilize the hens ?
Depends on the rooster. Six months is an average, folks here have four month roos doing the deed, some slower maturing breeds--brahmas, cochins, etc don't get going until 8 months or so. You'll know when puberty hits--he'll start crowing, and all those pretty feathers start growing. And when he starts mating the hens, you can pretty much bet the eggs are fertile.
Does anyone have a silkie roo and if so when did he start getting it done. I really want to breed my silkies but I don't know when they are going to be able to reproduce.
My guy is pretty fluffy and took a long time to mature. He didn't even start trying to mount or crow until about 8 months. He's almost 10 months now and has finally figured out how to get it done (most of the time, sometimes he still gets on and slips right off the other side ).
Thanks Nikki. When we got our chicks they were 4 weeks and we have had them for 13 weeks so that makes them 17 weeks and he is already crowing pretty well. He crows around 10 times a morning until 8 and then stops until the next morning. Also what color is he.
What color is my guy? He's blue How about yours? Mr. Wu is due to be a daddy for the first time on the 30th, can't wait to see what his peepers look like!!!
Mine is white and his name is frosty.