Mating or dominance?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by klf73, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I have a 15 week old roo, 5 pullets and another smaller roo. I heard a terrible noise coming from outside, bad enough I thought something was eating one of my chickens. I went flying out to see my roo with a beakfull of my dominant pullets feathers. Any chance he was trying to mate with her? They are hatchmates so are the same age. I recently got rid of the dominant roo so I wasn't sure if he is just establishing himself or if he was trying to mate her. Ideas? Experience?
    Krista
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    More than likely, he was trying to mate and the hen didn't want to anything to do with it. The roos are ready much earlier than the hens. I had this problem also with my chickens and still am having it I guess! In my daughter's coop the Silkie is ready where as nobody else is. [​IMG]
     

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