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My Cockerel Doesn't know how to mate (please advise)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cutebunny, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. cutebunny

    cutebunny In the Brooder

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    Hello, guys. I have a pair of Serama chickens which are about 2 months old.

    I learned that when a pullet is close to laying, the wattle and comb will become redder. So i'm watching her more closely than ever.

    Starting 2 days ago, she started to do the submission squat in which I think she's ready to mate.

    BUT, my cockerel doesn't know how to mate. He'll pull the feathers and try to get on top of her but every attempt is in vain . He sometimes will also go over her head not her tails .He seems clueless on how to mate (?).

    Is there anything I can do to help them before I try artificial insemination? Or should I just let them be and slowly learn the right way?
     
  2. True Patriot

    True Patriot Sanity is subjective Premium Member

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    How old is the cockerel? Give them a chance to figure it out. As long as what they're doing isn't causing injury they'll eventually get the hang of it
     
  3. True Patriot

    True Patriot Sanity is subjective Premium Member

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    If they're both 8weeks (sorry didn't catch age first time) they're most likely not ready to mate yet. Post pics of both. If they're coloring in at that age you may have two cockerels. From my understanding pullets develop later than that. Hopefully someone else can give you more details
     
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  4. cutebunny

    cutebunny In the Brooder

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    I'm pretty sure it's a male and a female.
    And from what I know, their siblings already laid eggs. So I think it's about time now .
     

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  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Crowing

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    We ALL figure that one out! ;)
    But not until we are sexually ready. He's just way too young.
     
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  6. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere! Premium Member

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    You have a pullet and a cockerel. 8 weeks is too young to be worrying. Some cockerels don't get it figured out until 6 months or more. I think they look older than 8 weeks though. 8 weeks is also a little young to be laying. That would be a miracle chicken. Most don't lay until 16-24 weeks.

    @WVduckchick what do you think.
     
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  7. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    I agree, those chicks are likely older than 8 weeks. I’ll go back thru my records, but i think the earliest I have had a serama pullet lay is about 16 weeks.
     
  8. cutebunny

    cutebunny In the Brooder

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    Omg guys I'm so sorry, I have had them for 2 months and I think they're probably about 12 weeks old.

    So is it possible now? Hahah
     
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  9. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    They will get the hang of it. ;)
     
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  10. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    And you say she is squatting, usually I find that the cockerels are ready before the pullets are. Did you get them at the same time, same age?
    Its not only the cockerel that has to learn "how" either. The pullet has to learn to balance him on her back a bit too. :D
     
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