Gang, How often is it that you come across a rooster who is not overly interested in breeding the hens? I have a new guy that I quarantined. He's been with the girls for about a week and a half now. While he was doing the 'wing dance' for the girls when I first placed them together, I have never seen him mount any of my hens. He's 3 years old. Do they 'relax' as they get older? Should I test hatch some of my eggs to see if they are fertile? If so, how long should I wait to ensure the hens are not 'holding' onto the previous rooster inhabitant? He preens.. and clucks for the hens when he's found something. .. So he acts pretty normal. I've been wondering and watching for signs of illness, but haven't seen a thing. Also - he's been a caged bird for a while (if that makes a difference). Maybe he just needs time to re-learn how to be a chicken? I dunno. Thanks.