How Young Is Too Young to Mate?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chebird, May 23, 2019.

  1. Chebird

    Chebird Songster

    Apr 16, 2019
    Chino Valley, AZ
    My two three month old roosters have started to mount my pullets. It's quick, but violent. The pullets range from five to twelve weeks old. There are fifteen pullets. Will this hurt the pullets? The roosters are doing this to the smallest pullets.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I would remove those boys for now. It will cause the pullets lots of stress which they don't need at their age.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    3 12 weeks, or closer to 16 weeks??
    Totally normal.
    This the time I put them on the grill.
    Now's the time to decide if you still want to keep male birds.
    I'd separate one or both asap, then decide if you want to keep one or none.
  4. Molpet

    Molpet Crossing the Road

    They will hurt the pullets.. separate now
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  5. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

    Nov 17, 2016
    12 week old cockerels (especially when more than one involved) can kill 5 or 6 week old pullets while engaging in this behavior.
    I break every rule about keeping multiple roosters, keeping too many roosters per hen, etc etc but my number one rule is pay attention to young pullets because cockerels/roosters can and have killed them trying to breed.
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  6. Kris5902

    Kris5902 Free Ranging

    Oct 12, 2018
    British Columbia, Canada
    Does anyone have an approximate age at which it would be appropriate to reintroduce them? I’m looking at a similar situation with my 7 mo old boys and their future lady friends who are only 7 weeks right now? Length of time needed on the separation might influence the OP’s decision on keeping one or both. And with that 7 week spread between the age groups, depending on the numbers could the boys maybe go in with the older pullets?
  7. Parront

    Parront Free Ranging

    Jul 27, 2017
    Prescott, AZ
    X 2 on annoying cockerels. They need to have a "Boys Club" teenage bachelor pad or they will harass the young pullets, sometimes even kill them. Some who have older hens will put the "keeper" rooster in with them to learn some manners.
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Depends on the birds involved........try, observe, and assess.
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