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Rooster doesn't know how to "Do it"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Poliwag, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster, Roxy, who is sadly going to a new home soon is almost 7 months old and I don't think he knows how to mate yet. I know, it's possible I am just not around when he does it but I have been around him when he does try to do it and all he does is grab their neck for a few seconds and releases. He is a very cowardly rooster. He doesn't attack me and always tries to avoid me when I go in the pen... unless I have food [​IMG]
    Only one of the hens actually follows him wherever he goes. I'd say she is the only truly loyal hen. My other 4 hens don't care about him at all.

    Here is a picture of my Rooster, Roxy:
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    Is this normal? Or should I be worried? lol
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    he is still young. Give him time..

    Also, is he with Standards? He may never be able to do the deed with Large Fowl.
     
  3. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG]

    That is a picture of Roxy and his "girlfriend" Jess. They are the same breed and colour.

    Here is a picture of one of the other hens:
    [​IMG]

    She is the same age as him or very close to it.

    They are all Silkie Bantams.
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Some roos are just slow to getting use to how the deed works. [​IMG] He'll catch on.
     
  5. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's funny, he started crowing at a young age and "tries" to boss the other hens around but can't seem to mate with them.
    He really is cowardly [​IMG]
     
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Quote:It's funny, he started crowing at a young age and "tries" to boss the other hens around but can't seem to mate with them.
    He really is cowardly [​IMG]

    I have an 8 month old roo that is a wimp too. He can mate with a couple hens, but his favorite are the JG hens, which he can't mate. The problem is that he is smaller than them (he's a SF) and too wimpy to show them he is the roo (they are all standards, he's shorter, but stockier than they are). He grabs their wing, they peck him, he squeeks and runs off. [​IMG]
     
  7. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG]
     
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you so sure he's not "doing it?" It only takes a few seconds with chickens. I know my rooster's "doing it" because I can see the eggs are fertilized when I break them open to make breakfast.
     
  9. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the hens can't take him seriously. I mean would you mate with man named Roxy. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am not sure.... but I have no way to be sure as my hens haven't started laying eggs yet [​IMG]


    Quote:Well, it's better than Rose... that was his name before I discovered SHE was actually a HE [​IMG]
     

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