My hen wont let my rooster mount?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bantam_n00b, May 30, 2011.

  1. bantam_n00b

    bantam_n00b Songster

    Apr 17, 2010
    My hen has laid two eggs already and it still seems like she wont let my rooster mount her. Any have any suggestions on what i should do? They've been together for a little more than a week, maybe two weeks now. I've thought that maybe she isn't used to him yet? but i have other roosters and she seems to be interested in the other ones but not the ones i've put her with. I'm picky when it comes to breeding haha. Today i let them freerange for an hour or so and on two instances my rooster tried to mount her but she kept squirming and didn't want any of it. I've tried to hold the female in front of him. The male then doesnt pay any attention to her when i do that. Any suggestions on what i should do? Any help would be appreciated.
  2. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    I really wouldn't intervene. . .. .

    Just leave them together longer. ... If he doesn't have any other ladies to spend his energies on, then he is more likely to focus all his efforts on her.
    If she is older / bigger than him, then he will need to mature before he can dominate her.
  3. Sorin

    Sorin Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    Glenfield, ny
    Quote:Agree! Just give them time [​IMG]. He's got to impress her for her to go along with it, give them some more time and it will be fine. I have a Roo that grew up with 4 hens and one Barred rock would not let him come near her for a month once they got to the right age. Every time he tried to get his groove on she ran away into the coop! [​IMG] Eventually though, everything worked out.
  4. bantam_n00b

    bantam_n00b Songster

    Apr 17, 2010
    Quote:Its not so much that hes not focusing all his energy on her its that she doesn't seem to care or seem to want to engage in the mating process at all. My rooster is definitely bigger than the hen and they're around the same age. My hen being a little more than a year old and my rooster is almost a year old. I've never had this problem before though, usually before hens start to lay they start letting roosters mount but she is the opposite. I hope she changes her mind soon!
  5. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    maybe she is saving herself for the right man...LOL
  6. Maybe she's related to a stud cat I used to have.

    He would only breed certain colors. [​IMG]
  7. bantam_n00b

    bantam_n00b Songster

    Apr 17, 2010
    Quote:I would hope she isn't like that. My hen is black and the rooster is gray. I just hope she gets used to him sooner than later otherwise I would be wasting my time with breeding these two.
  8. Give him some time. At least he's interested!

    If you're looking to breed and you're not seeing enough fertile eggs for your liking, AI is an option. [​IMG] Honestly.
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with the other posts. He will eventually succeed. Sometime some of my hens don't want to be mounted but my roo usually gets his way eventually.
  10. JoePa

    JoePa Songster

    Apr 18, 2011
    Lehigh County Pa.
    Maybe the old boy got BO - [​IMG]

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