Roo being pecked, not mating, scared of hens HELP!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bigchicken2, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. bigchicken2

    bigchicken2 Songster

    May 17, 2010
    One of my roos (Barred Rock Obama) is being beaten by the hens and is scared of them. The other roos aren't dominant over him because they're still chicks. I'm hoping to get chicks from him but he won't mate. He's not quite grown-up yet, but he should be mating by now. His age is unknown but I know he's old enough to be mating. What should I do? He looks grown-up except his feathers are still pretty dark for a barred bird, & his tail, wings, & spurs aren't quite grown in yet. He's bigger than them, and his comb and wattles are big & red. 5 of the hens are about 18 months old and 2 of them are 3 years+ (I think)

  2. Chickenfarmer 1-2-b

    Chickenfarmer 1-2-b Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    I have 3 roosters that are 6 mth old and 1 mth younger than the hen. Normally, she would let the boys know who wears pants in the coop by pecking them if they are out of line. However, I see the roos take care of business when she allows them. I think your roo will do his thing when the time comes, so be patient.

  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    He's still in his adolescence, wait until he gets a bit bigger and he will soon show them who is boss,

  4. bigchicken2

    bigchicken2 Songster

    May 17, 2010
    Yay! My roo he fertilized some eggs! He's a ROOSTER now! [​IMG] We just cracked some eggs and there were EMBRYOS! SO EXCITED! Now I just have to wait for a hen to go broody and hatch some eggs. [​IMG]

  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Wow...he must be discreet if you seem That's surprising for a young rooster (discretion). [​IMG]

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