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My Hen Won't Mate My Rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ANNAS MAQSOOD, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. ANNAS MAQSOOD

    ANNAS MAQSOOD In the Brooder

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    Hey Guys,
    My Hen ( Game x Leghorn ) went through her first molt she is still growing her feathes , During her molt i got a roo ( 2 months old ) now he is 5 months old and when ever he does the "roo dance" or tries to mount her she runs away . Is this becuz of the molting or something else ?
     
  2. JimArcher

    JimArcher Chirping

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    It could be because the hen has not finishedher moult and is notnin breeding condition. It could also be because the rooster is very young and the hen is older. Hens can be very discriminating. Hens often chase off an amorous "teenager" when they have a mature male available. If he was only 2 months old when you got him, the hen may have already established her dominance over him. If she can beat him up, she won't allow him to mate. Maybe separate them for a while until the hen is in lay again and eager to mate. The rooster will be older and may be able to dominate her. The game fowl breeding could be hard to vercome. What breed is your new rooster?
    I was in a yard with some chickens. They had a couple of Golden Seabright roosters. They also had some big Thai gamecocks. The Thai birds were mature, but allowed the tiny Seabrights to dominate them because the Seabrights were already mature when the gamecocks were just babies. Pretty funny.
     
  3. ANNAS MAQSOOD

    ANNAS MAQSOOD In the Brooder

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    I am not able to identify his breed as i hae not seen this type of a roo before :/ [​IMG]
     
  4. ANNAS MAQSOOD

    ANNAS MAQSOOD In the Brooder

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    HE even seems to be dominant towards her and she seems to obey him but never lets him mate with her .......... seems to be a very strange thing :/
     
  5. ANNAS MAQSOOD

    ANNAS MAQSOOD In the Brooder

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    HE even seems to be dominant towards her and she seems to obey him but never lets him mate with her .......... seems to be a very strange thing :/
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

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    Jim Archer got it right. What you are describing is very typical behavior between an older hen and an immature cockerel. Many older hens have standards they require before they consent to a male fathering their children even when they are laying eggs. Most immature five month old cockerels cannot meet those standards. It’s even more pronounced when she is not laying eggs. That should change as he matures but he may have a long way to go.

    The mating ritual is not just about sex either. It’s also about dominance. I don’t know what behaviors you are seeing that makes you think she accepts his dominance, but you are describing one behavior that clearly shows she does not.
     
  7. JimArcher

    JimArcher Chirping

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    Can't identify your rooster. Looks like a cross. Maybe some RIR? Barnevelder? Looks big enough, anyway. If your hen tends towards the game side of her genes, she could be very picky when it comes to her rooster. Leghorns, not so much. Can she hear other roosters crowing in your neighborhood?
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging 8 Years

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    Look at how hens in following video hold their tale and body feathers. When they held they decidedly plump.

    It is subtle but hens not in condition will be rounder or hold tail up vertically or horizontally.

    [VIDEO]
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I agree with the others- he is not worthy yet. Hens have their noses in the air when it comes to cockerels as they are not mature enough to impress them.

    At least she isn't beating him up. Give them time and he will probably prove his ability to dominate her.

    *note - one exception to this is if you had a bantam cockerel and a LF hen...his small size sometimes never cuts it.
     
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  10. JimArcher

    JimArcher Chirping

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    I was thinking that you could give the rooster some choice tidbits - but not to the hen. He should call her over and she will come for the treats. Try something like mealworms. Maybe that will help establish his role. Do it regularly so they get in the habit.
     

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