**Roo isnt mating??**

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tripp16, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Ok everyone this is my first time having roos! I raised this little guy since he was weeks old and her just started semi crowing about 2 weeks ago. He doesnt do it very often though *KNOCK ON WOOD". [​IMG]

    But I have him with a younger hen. She is about 2 months younger than him. She is fully feathered just a little smaller, he is sooo sweet to her! They are in love if I take her he gets a bit frantic.

    The thing I think is weird though is he never tries to "mount" her. [​IMG] I know shes to young to lay and wont be ready to go broody for a while but do you think he knows that and thats why?? Will he eventually try?? Is this good? [​IMG]

    Any reposnes thanks in advance! [​IMG]
     
  2. acarter26

    acarter26 Out Of The Brooder

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    Not too sure....it could be she's too young or he may not want to mate. We have a silkie rooster that is a couple years old and I've never seen him mount or even try to. I'm still new to raising chickens so I hope someone can help you out..Good Luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. Uniontown Poultry

    Uniontown Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cockerels (roosters less than 1 year old) usually start crowing before they start trying to go after and tread hens, so you guy may still be growing. Also, adult roos tend not to really "see" very immature females, so it's possible your non-breeding cockerel, as he grows into roosterhood & realizes what he's supposed to be doing, looks around and sees only an immature female - this could be the cause of the delay. If he has access to other, older females, see how he acts around them. It may be you just have a wait a little while longer.

    And it's not always obvious that mating is occurring when it is. Many a poultry-keeper (myself included) incubated chicks or left them under a broody hen only to find a few that were obviously from the lesser of 2 roosters, one never caught in the act of mating anything, or even trying. My gorgeous black Langshan ruled the roost and barely tolerated the ugly little silkie roo. The Polish hens (bottom of the pecking order) had laid eggs that I put under a mean turkey hen to set. I was sure those eggs were infertile b/c the Langshan and the silkie roos ignored the Polish hens completely. Was I wrong!! Three of the ugliest Polish-Silkie cross chicks hatched, their silkie heritage unmistakable - black skin, 5 toes, feathered feet. My silkie roo was just a sneaky mater!!

    So, signs of healthy roo mating behaviors / sneaky mating: Roos will begin doing some chicken mating behaviors while they are still cockerels, usually starting around 6 months of age. Toss them some food, or a treat, and see if they call the female chickens over. This act, called the "food call" also called "tidbitting" usually involves the roo picking up & throwing down & picking up pieces of food, while calling with a soft something like "buk-BOOK-buh-BOOK-BOOK", and the females come running to eat the food. Of course, now he's surrounded by females and can start a mating dance (or just grab one of them by the back of the head & climb on - some roos don't dance), which involved dropping a wing and hopping in a semi-circle around the female of his choice. She usually responds by squatting (which hens sometimes do to their keepers as well - a lowering of the body & tucking of wings that looks like nothing else). Then he grabs her by the back of the head and climbs on.

    If your older roo is food-calling/tidbitting, and your hens have bald patches on the back of their heads, or broken feathers on their backs (from his feet) then you probably just have a sneaky mater, like I do. Another way to find out is to incubate your eggs & see what grows. If you're not sure if you've seen these the mating behaviors, you can probably find videos on youtube I bet. Just be careful what you type in for your search!! [​IMG]
     
  4. 7&8

    7&8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Uniontown, for the informative reply! [​IMG]
     
  5. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    7&8 :

    Thanks, Uniontown, for the informative reply! [​IMG]

    x2!!​
     
  6. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Quote:Thanks!! I will definetely be looking for these hints.... [​IMG]
     

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