Roo mounting Roo

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lobzi, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    I have one little white speckled roo who seems to be getting picked on by his brother. I suspected problems then today I witnessed the white one being mounted by the other. Is this normal behavior? Is it a way the males show dominance? Is it because they are just coming of age, just starting to crow for instance.
    They are 9+weeks old.
  2. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Songster

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    A rooster mounting a rooster???That is something I have never heard of...
    Do you have any hens? The big brother may be mistaking the other rooster for a hen because he may not have seen a hen before...
    If you have hens... I have nooo idea!!!
  3. dparadise

    dparadise In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2010
    southwest Florida
    my roo will mount my cornish x's but hasn't tried yet with any of the other birds. I'm not sure why, he has 12 hens to choose from and doesn't even try to mount them.
  4. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    There are plenty of hens in the sibling group but they might not be ready for this yet. That is why I was wondering if the males tended to mature earlier than the females in a clutch and that might be the reason. There are older hens but they are already spoken for, so to speak.
    Thanks for any ideas on this. Im keeping a watchful eye as I suspect it is just a form of bullying.
  5. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    If the males do not have a female they will mount other males. I found this out when I penned some males together for a week or so. [​IMG] Maybe the females just aren't old enough yet so the boys don't realize that their girls?
  6. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    Quote:To answer this question, yes the males start this behavior before the females are ready. In fact, none of my females have 'accepted' being mounted until they started to lay. (it happened, they just fought a bit. Now they just go "ok, get it over with" lol) Even though the boys were doing it for a month or so before they started to lay. Mine were all the same age too.
  7. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    OK, good. I hope it is just play on their part. I feel a little bad for the guy on the bottom humiliating for him in front of the other males!
  8. roverjohn

    roverjohn Chirping

    Apr 7, 2010
    They're not wearing little leather caps or singing show tunes are they?
  9. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    No fancy garb, no. But the little guy on the bottom had a bloody foot yesterday where one of his foot feathers appeared to have been damaged or pulled out. He was limping so I was a little worried about he being bullied. Ill keep an eye out.
    Thanks to all for your input.
  10. CityGirlgoneCountryChick

    CityGirlgoneCountryChick In the Brooder

    May 14, 2010
    or Boa feathers? funny, that is exactly what I was thinking!

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