So, we were out in the coop this evening selling a couple of our spring chickens when our 21 week old rooster decided to mount one of the hens - right there in front of everyone, almost at my feet! My 7 year old exclaimed, "Look, Henry's trying to get a piggy back ride!" Much to my chagrin, Henry tried to get a couple more "piggy back rides" before we could retreat to the front lawn. Aside from the parental dilemma that this has now thrust me into (not having given this day much thought before), I do have a couple of other questions. The hens that Henry was trying to mount are not yet laying eggs - although they are all between 19.5 and 21 weeks old. 1) Is it an indication that the hen is ready, or is my rooster like any unfettered adolescent that has the inclination to mount anything that walks or crawls? 2) Is it an indication that my rooster is ready to truly fertilize eggs, or will it take him some time to get up to speed? (This is the first time I've notice this activity - he's been running away from the girls up until now). 3) Is there any harm to be done that I should be on the lookout for? We have only had hens to this point, but "Henry" was supposed to be a pullet. When it became evident he was a rooster, we decided that we might try to keep him.