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Mating Habbits

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Spitman, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Spitman

    Spitman Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Is there a time of day that the chickens mate? also I have 5 diff. breeds and 4 dif.roos including 1 bantom, Question is If I spilt the flock into 4 groops can they still free rang at some time of day, and or can they roost together or do i have to build 3 more smaller coops and runs. any advice. would be awsome Thanks.
  2. Rennie

    Rennie Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    I had 1 roo and 4 hens .. He didnt have a specific time of day .. just "when he could" .. Usually as soon as i let them out of the coop he would tread one of them and usually the same one everytime

    I dont think a rooster cares what breed the hen is either .. If you want a specific bird to mate with the same breed you will need to keep them seperate in my opinion
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Roosters do NOT care what breed of ladyfriend they tread. Trust me. They do develop favorites, which they will mount and tread more often than the others.

    I have two randy little Sebright roos and a similar bantam Buff Brahma roo which are sneakily trying to mount pullets when the Head Rooster, Carl, is in another part of the yard. They can't get to the young Sebright pullets which are behind a temporary fence while they grow up a bit more. So they sneak up on an experienced large fowl pullet and try their luck there.

    Matilda, a Black Australorp, has a body too long for a Sebright to hang on to the back of her neck AND reach the business end. She keeps walking and then eventually flaps and jumps and he falls off. Nobody would dare to try Buffy, she's got that single chick she's raising. All the other pullets and hens hang around with Carl too closely for the Sebrights to snag.

    Carl treads as many of the girls as he can in a row as they come out of the coop, every morning. There are 7 of them, and he gets to about four of 'em before they've all scattered. He'll go at it again 3 or 4 times in the afternoon, too.
  4. Tiss

    Tiss Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Woody seems to grab a girl whenever he gets that feeling. No specific time of day.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Yes there is a specific time of day that roosters mate: dawn to dusk. They'll even mate after dusk if you leave the lights on.

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