roos that are lousy at breeding

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by onthespot, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    How much time do you give to a rooster to figure out "the deed"? I have one roo that ought to be better at this by now. A lot of the time he pins the hens, only sets one foot on her back and shakes his tail over the ground, sometimes only half heartedly at that. I put him alone with a few hens to check fertility, and it was very low, but got a bit better later. Would you just eat him and be done with it, or give him more time? It is my most correct Copper Black Marans roo. I think I need to buy him a copy of "Treading for Dummies" but have not seen it anywhere. Anyone who has a copy they are not using and would like to part with, PM me!

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  2. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice bird. How old is he? I've had Delaware cockerels who were awkward until 7 months. They usually have it at pretty well that point.
     
  3. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    He is just over eight months old. I am glad to hear yours was awkward for a while. I do NOT want to miss out on the genetics here, as he hatched from a very dark egg, and was a huge, healthy chick, just everything you could want in a roo, except awkward at treading and not very nice to the ladies. He is not mean, per se, but doesn't do much in the way of showing them food, protecting them, all that. I will be very happy to give him more time, and hens to practice on if it will give me good looking, good treading roo months from now. Thanks for the encouragement.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    That's a big boy.

    Looks delicious.
     
  5. Crazy_For_Chickens

    Crazy_For_Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would probibly wait through winter and see if he will do "the deed" in the middle of spring. I have heard that some roosters will ONLY do it in the middle of spring.



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  6. @migocontodos~

    @migocontodos~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try seperating him from the ladies...absence makes the heart grow fonder!
     
  7. Texas ChickenZ

    Texas ChickenZ Out Of The Brooder

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    @migocontodos~ :

    Try seperating him from the ladies...absence makes the heart grow fonder!

    [​IMG] I couldn't agree more!​
     
  8. Texas ChickenZ

    Texas ChickenZ Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I couldn't resist this but, "Glad I'm not a rooster!"
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    One of my roosters was very clumsey with it for the longest time. I'm guessing that out of every 20 attempts he managed to complete the act without falling on his face one time.
    He's 8 months old now and getting better. Both of my boys have cut way back on their mating since it got cold here. I pity my poor hens come spring.
     
  10. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    Well hey, I guess I was putting too much pressure on him, cuz as soon as I decided to ignore how clumsy he was, I saw him tread a hen and it looked 100% normal this morning. I will make a point of not watching him for a while and hope for the best.
     

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