Rooster Doesn't Seem Interested?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by QuailHollow, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. QuailHollow

    QuailHollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    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. [​IMG]

    Thanks.
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    6,583
    14
    261
    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    It sounds like he's biding his time before he pounces on his "opportunity". He's still relatively new to the flock so they may not have given him the chance to mount yet. Hang in there!
     
  3. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, just give him some time. He will soon come to his senses [​IMG]
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    19,959
    3,125
    476
    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    They do slow down as they get older, but three is not old. A new bird starts at the bottom of the pecking order. He probably just needs to work his way up. Once it is his flock, he should take care of business.
     
  5. QuailHollow

    QuailHollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hope you guys are right. He's a really beautiful bird, and I would love to get a few peeps for myself out of him. [​IMG] I'll give him some time. He's obviously just a gentler bird than I'm used to. [​IMG]
     
  6. QuailHollow

    QuailHollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ladies & Gentleman, I am happy to report a visual conformation of the 'deed' multiple times tonight. Yea! [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by