Is it unusual for 13 week old roo to try to mount?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kathyinmo, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I have 44 chickens, aged 13 weeks. I have 3 roos in the mix. Yesterday I saw one roo (RIR) attempt to mount a pullet, who ran squawking. Does this mean anything .... like, could it mean that the girls are close to laying?
     
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

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    It just means that the young roo is trying out his newly found skills, and it sounds like your pullets want no part of it. [​IMG]
     
  3. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    For some reason, roos mature earlier than hens. We put 39 roos in the freezer at age 10 weeks and several had already started crowing and that many more had already tried their hand at mounting.
    The average age of expecting egg laying is 18 - 28 weeks.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    At 10 weeks old my former roo was trying to catch and mount anything that moved. [​IMG]
     
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

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    Quote:Watch out he's coming your way. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. ClairedeLune

    ClairedeLune Songster

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    "Former"???
    Chicken soup? Dumplings? Salad?
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Nah, I gave him to a friend that had lost her entire flock; along with his two favorite hens. I kept the roo that I liked better. [​IMG]
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I couldn't put mine in freezer camp so I gave him to a family that really wanted him and he has several ladies to romance.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    The three extra roos that I gave away as babies have 80 hens between them. Last time I saw them their little tongues were hanging out, but I dunno why. [​IMG]
     

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