Is it possible to train a rooster to mate with a hen gently?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by elizabet253, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. elizabet253

    elizabet253 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read here http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/1330/natural-mating-and-breeding that roosters do a dance for a hen. I tried to find videos of this but couldnt. I only found a few videos of a rooster trying to mate with hens the same way mind tried to today. It was the first time I've seen him to this. He's almost 5 months old but he was chasing one girl around and grabbed her on her neck, she was freaking out, another (my favourite one) he tried to grab her too and get on top of her, she freaked out and ran to me, I had to push him off her and yell at him. So I'm wondering, can I train him to be gentle and not chase after my girls? It looks like rape and I am not okay with that at all. I do have a small bb I could use too if I'm not close enough to push or yell at him. It doesn't shoot very hard, if you shoot someone with a shirt on, it won't hurt at all. I accidently shot my small dog once, the bb ricocheted off the concrete and hit her, but she didn't make a noise, she only felt that something hit her (and trust me, she would be the one to freak out if something caused her even minor pain)
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG! Don't shoot! He is a young inexperienced roo! The hens don't yet get what's going on either! As he asserts his dominance they will begin to submit to him by squatting with their wings out slightly. He will then get better at mounting them and so it goes. It is not rape although I agree it looks that way at first. lol. It's just as it should be at their age! He will learn to dance, hens will learn to squat and that's how chicks are made!
     
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  3. elizabet253

    elizabet253 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want him to be a gentlemen. I've only ever heard him crow, never call out for predators or call the hens over for food.
     
  4. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is just a hormoned up teenager!

    Think about how romantic and sensitive a 15 year old is ... He is trying to do something he has never done before, with someone that has never done it before ... It is gonna be awkward until he/they get some practice!
     
  5. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree Mine used to do that and I nearly stopped him but I just thought in my head it's only natural! Because that's what he'd be doing in the wild!
     
  6. elizabet253

    elizabet253 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, I've been reading about roosters being aggressive towards humans or pets, so I was wondering what at one age would a rooster try to be aggressive so I could watch for it? The younger rooster actually lets me pet him and pick him up :)
     
  7. elizabet253

    elizabet253 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But they don't exist in the wild? lol Without human domesticating them they would have gone extinct by now. From what I've read anyways.
     
  8. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    In bali people don't look after their chickens they just collect the eggs and let them wander down the streets! And I would know because I'm moving there!
     
  9. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's a very young rooster. 5 months is still a baby. He's still in self-centered mode and likely won't be protecting them or finding them treats just yet. Perhaps another month or three.

    Also, if he is a rooster that grew up with your hens (meaning your whole flock is the same age), I've read that roosters in such a scenario are often more aggressive. Roosters that grow up as chicks around adult hens or other roosters are taught "lessons" by the adults, usually in the form of pecking to help them learn their place in the flock.

    If you've never seen chickens mate (or ducks, now that looks like rape, but it isn't, according to wildlife experts), do know it can look and sound a little rough. Some roosters are rougher than others. I don't believe it is something you can "train" them to do differently, but you can control a rooster's behavior to some degree, by the number of hens he has available to him.

    The hens are also getting used to a rooster. It's a shock to them at first, but they will get used to it. And if they like the rooster, they will start "presenting" themselves by laying down and will have their tail feathers turned to the side (you may not notice this behavior for a few more months).

    Also, you haven't mentioned how many hens to I assume is just the one rooster is? The "general" rule is 10 hens to every 1 rooster, but some people get away with more or less than that. If you only have 3 hens, then that could be a problem, as your rooster will very likely oversex them. If the hens start to look beat up, they're getting oversexed.

    As for aggressiveness of roosters toward people or other animals, you will have to be the judge of that. To us, it's not okay for a rooster to attack us or be a bully to all the chickens. Some roosters are just mean. When we have mean ones, they end up in our freezer. We only keep the nice ones, and not too many. Also know that many consider a rooster's sexual maturity to come fully blossomed around 2 years of age.

    DON'T shoot him with a BB gun, not unless you intend to put him in the freezer. It would be easy to miss and injury him or a hen with an errant shot. He's only doing what his instincts are telling him to do and I seriously doubt you could train this out of him. If he is truly brutalizing your hens, then you may need to get a different rooster or get more hens. But I'd suggest giving it time, so he and the hens can get used to it. Assuming you don't have too few hens to your one rooster.

    As for the dance, I've seen video of what you talk about, but none of our roosters have ever danced for our hens.
     
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Yea, the big girls can usually set them straight. With a few, I wrapped their feet over the nails and left them that way for weeks. It slowed them down. On another 2 I used pinless peepers, which blocked their frontal view, and made it harder to catch a hen. Weeks later they had calmed down a bit, and have been gentlemen.
     

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