My EE's are 10 weeks old, could they be mating?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Break an Egg, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DH said he saw the rooster mounting the hens, could he be mating? They aren't even laying yet.
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
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    Cockerels mature earlier than the pullets often. At this point he's basically practicing - most girls aren't really interested until much closer to egg laying age - around 20 weeks give or take.

    But, if you have an 'outgoing' roo, he'll grab their necks and give it a try anyway...
     
  3. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My five-week-old EE crowed today, really surprised me. I wasn't entirely sure he was a he, but that confirmed it. I hope he doesn't start mounting the the pullets that are the same age. They must mature pretty fast, my ten-week-old SLW cockerels just started crowing.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    One of my 4.5-wk-old Golden Campines (which have all along been quite precocious) has taken to jumping onto others' backs (both sexes). I think he thinks he's going to mate with them. They just buck him off and chase him around. Teenage experimentation [​IMG]

    Pat
     

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