Roo not taking advantage of all mating options?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jeffross1968, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    So our Roo, after 7 months, has finally started crowing and mating. I've already noticed some fertilized eggs, which is great because we're interested in hatching some. Unfortunately, one of the ones we REALLY wanted to hatch from, doesn't seem to be...seeing any action [​IMG]

    Now obviously I can't be out there all the time, but I've noticed a pattern.

    At this point, he seems to only be mating those who are low and middle of the pecking order. The ones he's ignoring, are the birds he grew up with since May. So here's the tally...

    He's mating all our new birds that we got at 5 months old, including our EE, BO, SS, SLW, and Light Brahma (All laying except the Brahma). They were all introduced into the existing flock of 3 brown leghorns and an older Barred Rock, and our current Roo, who was 6ish months old when the new birds arrived. When I say the BR is older, I mean, maybe 2 years old, laying wonderfully. Our first roo, a golden sebright, mated the leghorns and the BR. He became aggressive with us and we gave him away. That allowed Big Daddy, our current roo, to mature over the last couple months. But all the hens he grew up with since May are being ignored for mating.

    Is this typical? Will he eventually get around to them? He's got the crazy hormones raging...learning to mate the other 5 pretty much from sun up to sun down...poor girls. But our BR is a hen who lays giant brown eggs like crazy, and we were hoping to take advantage of those good laying genes and hatch from some her. Can I expect him to diversify soon, or does he have his favorites and nothing we can do about it...
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    13 hens is a lot for a beginner, but he will get around to them all eventually. The barred rock is probably your dominant hen, and he hasn't proved to her that he is rooster enough for her yet.
     
  3. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Quote:4 of the hens aren't yet laying and he seems to sense they aren't mature yet. He's left them alone too. Should have mentioned that. So, this is normal then, as he figures things out. That's really good to hear. I was thinking I'd have to lock him and the BR in the small coop to force the issue, LOL!
     
  4. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    That would cause stress neither one needs and one of them or both would likely end up bloody.

    (although the five he is pestering might really enjoy that!)
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2011

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