New Roo

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mmgillan, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. mmgillan

    mmgillan Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5, 14wk old chicks, 1 of which is a Roo. At what age is the Roo mature enough to start doing his thing? He is a beautiful Ameracauna and I want to put him in with my 1yr old girls to start mating so I can hatch some new chickies for my husbands boss.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Roosters are sexually mature at around the same time as their sisters start laying eggs. Small breeds from 16-18 weeks and heavier breeds 20-26 weeks. Roosters and hens growing up over winter when the days are shorter may take longer to mature though.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Usually when they start crowing.
     
  4. mmgillan

    mmgillan Out Of The Brooder

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    Well he's been crowing for several weeks now! And the spurs are just sprouting on his legs. So........I should be on the lookout for mating then, huh?
     

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