My 21 Wk Old Cockerel Just Discovered He's a Man

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Barry Natchitoches, May 16, 2010.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    I have a 21 week old mixed breed cockerel (dad was an EE, mom was a barred rock) who was one of only two chicks born to my Christmas season broody.

    He lived with his pullet half-sister all his life, but at age 16 weeks, we merged the youngsters in with our nine older chickens: 8 hens and 1 rooster (his father).

    The EE rooster and this new cockerel have managed to get along without fighting thus far, but until yesterday I never saw the young cockerel go after any of his father's girls. He did try to mount the pullet he grew up with a few times, but she successfully rebuffs him every time.

    Finally today, I saw him try to mount the most docile of the older hens, a 2 year old buff orpington. She fought back, and they ended up jumping and flailing at each other -- face to face. It was quite a site!

    He never succeeded at mounting Buffy, though. Just as he has not succeeded in mounting Drew, his clutch-mate and lifelong companion. Best I can tell, he's still a "virgin," though not from lack of trying.

    But it's only a matter of time now until he scores, cuz Pierre's just discovered: he's a man.

    I am hoping that he and his dad can work this thing out without fighting. Both of them are pretty docile when it comes to roosters.

    I guess we'll find out pretty soon how this is going to progress....
  2. blueseal

    blueseal Songster

    Jul 3, 2008
    daddy roo gonna get mad sonny rooster hitten on his girls. [​IMG][​IMG]
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    At present I have 3 roos that hatched out on New Years. Only 1 has been successful so far.

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