Is 8 weeks too early for a cockerel to be in the mood?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rwood5093, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Rwood5093

    Rwood5093 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 30, 2016
    Jamestown, SC
    My rock chick's are 8 weeks old. One has been crowing for 3 weeks, and the others are barely trying to crow (7 total). We aren't keeping all of them long term, only till it's time for freezer camp. Estimated to be June 1.

    Today I saw my white rock cockerel mount one of the hens. Jump on her back, grabbed neck feathers with his beak and did a little wiggle. It certainly looked like an attempt at mating.

    Any issues with this? It seems like he is way too young for this! I'm not sure if he is the Crower, as he only crows before light.

    Thoughts? Maybe he was just in a hurry to get by?
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Probably still a bit too young to be fertile, but it won't be long till he is.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    That is quite young for a cockeral to be mating, I personally would be pulling him out of the flock until his time was up. Is he mating older hens or young ones?
  4. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2013
    I had a little 10 week old cockerel mount a full grown hen. It happens. He wouldn't try to mate the pullets his age, only the older hens. I didn't see a problem with it since I was planning on getting rid of him soon after. And I did.
  5. Rwood5093

    Rwood5093 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 30, 2016
    Jamestown, SC
    They're all the same age. 8.5 weeks.

    Thanks ya'll.

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