rooster mating with hen Q's

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bosoxbratt, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. bosoxbratt

    bosoxbratt Songster

    Nov 5, 2009
    Hi all :)
    We are fairly new to chickens and as of two days ago our rooster is trying to breed with our hens 2 of the 15 mainly one of which looks like she could be laying soon as her comb is really red and she allows him to get on her ..she is a sex link.. anyway I guess my Q is will he always be trying to mount them on a daily bases? from the time he starts to mount them when can we expect an egg?
    Ty for any info :)
  2. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Songster

    [​IMG]I've witnessed my rooster mounting the hens repeatedly during the day. That seems to be one reason so many chicken farmers like to keep so many hens to one roo. Those boys certainly seem endless in their mating desires. & the hens are happy to share the duty with each other. If you hope to have a hen hatch out a clutch of eggs, watch for the most chosen by the roo - she will have more fertilized eggs. Hope this helps you understand things a bit. I don't want to be too graphic, since children do see these posts too. PM me. if you have more questions ~OK?
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Daily? Goodness, more like *hourly*, especially when he is young, LOL! He will get more coordinated and gentler as time goes by, though, and he gets more practice [​IMG]

    Sexlinks usually start laying around 17-20 weeks of age, or thereabouts. If she is squatting for him that does indicate she is maturing, but I am not aware of any really tight predictable relationship between when a pullet starts squatting and when exactly she lays her first egg. Just keep an eye out [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. bosoxbratt

    bosoxbratt Songster

    Nov 5, 2009
    Ty :)
    I sure hope my rooster gets the hang of this cause he doesnt seem to be all that gentle! but then again this is the first time we have had chickens.

    We are not looking to have any chicks as of yet our rooster was suppose to be a girl lol but at least we did just get one rooster out of the 16 chicks :)

    I can't wait to get the first egg :) this site is amazing with all the info on it :) now I need to get ready for eggs and how to clean them or store them etc :)
  5. twentynine

    twentynine Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Some roosters ---- ugh

    Gee let me see---

    How do I say this------

    Some roosters just ain't right in the head!

    Tennis shoes, bricks, dirt clods, odds an ends-- they can all fall victim to the misplaced affections of a wayward rooster.

    I had one that loved up on a green 5 gallon bucket everyday, all day, never the white buckets, just the green ones.

    Seriously as your rooster gets a little older he will be come more accomplished in his duties, he should get a little more gentle. Some roosters are just plain mean though.

    My little sicilian rooster "stewie" does his business late in the afternoon.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: