Before I start, let me reiderate again that I'm a noob! Everything I've learned about chickens, I've learned here... and it's been quite a lot already thanks to you all! Now, having said that.... How do chickens mate? *crickets* Yes, I did... I asked the question... Last night as we were letting our chickens free range in the backyard with our new roo we saw him try to mate (successfully?) one of the hens. She sort of squatted, he got on her back and maybe grabbed some of her feathers in his beak, there were tails going everywhere and some "dancing." I'm assuming they were mating. But, the real question is... how? How does it work? How does the roo accomplish putting sperm into the hen? Again.. sorry if too graphic.