Lascivious Chicken Behaviour

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sommrluv, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. sommrluv

    sommrluv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How young do roosters start..."feeling their oats"?

    I have a chick I thought was a hen, she's about 13 weeks I believe....possibly 14. She's never crowed, and she used to have a hatch mate of the same age that made a rooster squak when you picked him up..she doesn't do this.

    All her hatemates were killed, and she bullied the replacement chicks I got to keep her company (she's about 3-4 weeks older, but easily twice their size), so she's been braving it on her own with the older girls. Luckily she's growing fast, but they still chase her a bit.

    Today she was mating my RIR. Pulling out neck feathers, the whole nine yards. For a little bit, too, lol.

    I hesitate to say it's hen on hen dominence, because she's definitely the bottom of the pecking order currently. Is it too young for a Rooster to be doing this? Is Princess really a Prince?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    That's right at the stage for adolescent roo behavior. Without pictures, I couldn't guess at the sex.
     
  3. sommrluv

    sommrluv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll take some today. [​IMG]

    I guess I'm not as much asking if she is a he, as much if I'm curious if a chicken that young would do that. That's interesting, though...that it's the time frame.

    That won't endear her to any of her bunkmates, lol.
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2010
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, a rooster of that age can mate if the hen is willing. I have one that has been trying to woo the girls from that age, but they're not having any of it. The man in charge is my other rooster Moose.
     

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