Is my Rooster Mating or fighting them?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Joe.G, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Ok I notice this with my Cochin Hen the most, the Roo will run over pin her head down and it looks like he is mounting her, He does peck her head area a little but it does seem that he is well u know doing his thing. It lasts about 10 to 15 Secs, then he hops off and they both go back to what ever they were doing.
     
  2. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    typical mating behavior.
     
  3. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She puts her up in the air, he seems to be a little rough with her and it seems to always be the cochin, Should I assume that her eggs will be fertile?
     
  4. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you mean that he puts her up in the air?
     
  5. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meant to say put's her rear up in the air.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That's mating. I've heard cochins can have some fertility problems from the huge fluffy bums. Might impact her fertility, but sounds like the roo is doing his part. She may just not be as submissive as the other hens. Of bigger, and it's harder for him to mount her.
     
  7. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She doe have a little bald spot on her head now, It seems he pecks her some while doing his thing.
     
  8. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I noticed a little bald spot on my hen's head today, too, and I don't like it.

    Is this a sign that a rooster is overmating a hen? I have one roo and 3 full-sized hens. He seems to enjoy mating with the older hen the most, the one who has the little bald spot beginning.

    I have hen saddles for their backs (so far the hens' back feathers look fine), but can anything be done for the head?
     

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