My rooster isn't mating the hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jaide, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. jaide

    jaide Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty new to this. We got our first chickens in March. Of course we have an accidental rooster. Since I moved out to the country right before getting them I decided to keep my beautiful roo. He's an Americana. We have 2 female americaunas also, 2 RIR and a barred rock. The girls have started laying eggs, my BR lays every day. When do males typically start mating? I've yet to see him even try. I thought it'd be fun to hatch our own chickens with my kids (13,11,5,and4) but he doesn't seem to know that he's suppose to be mating. He's almost 7 months now.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I think he will in time. I have a Lavender Orpington rooster who looks like a giant baby right now. I'm waiting for his nice tail feathers to come in. He just started crowing this week, and I do see him try and mate, althought he needs ALOT more practice. haha I'm just glad he's a bit on the timid side, so far, and isn't mean to the ladies.

    Just give him more time, and all of a sudden you'll notice him crowing and mating......
     
  3. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The actual 'act' itself is really quick. Are you sure you're not just missing it? I couldn't believe it when my George first started mating the girls - on and off in two seconds! His technique must have improved as he got older, and he now manages to hold on for about 10 seconds, but it's still pretty quick!

    Krista
     
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    I find my Ameri*/Easter Egger Roos to not be as sexually driven as the other Roos, they seem more laid back and polite overall... He might very well be doing his deeds in secret and on the sly just a few times a day and you might be missing it...
     
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  5. jaide

    jaide Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe I am just missing it. I thought by now I'd have noticed but I do work so maybe he just likes to get at it in the morning. Lol.
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    My EE roo is not at all shy... he gets around well, and services 15 girls... often, and has been for quite some time. ? started around 14 weeks. Have you looked at your eggs to see if they are fertile? do a thread search to find pics of fertile eggs compared to unfertile eggs.
     
  7. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in agreement with the other posters. Check your eggs... you might not see any hanky panky but that doesn't mean its not happening... you not seeing it or missing feathers probably just means your roo isn't overly aggressive which is good!
     
  8. 1tifsunkip1

    1tifsunkip1 Out Of The Brooder

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    O.k. Here is a strange one... my ee lays eggs normally but also mounts and tries to do the deed on the other girls. If there is a spot of blood in the egg is it fertile? Are there hermaphrodite chix? We don't have a rooster. Help?!
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  10. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Blood spots are burst blood vessels that happen during the formation of the egg, they are found in both fertile and infertile eggs it's not an indication of fertility...

    To see if they are fertile either search this forum or Google up some images, there is a slight but noticeable off colored 'bulls-eye ring' in fertile eggs yolks...
     

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