rooster only mating with one hen

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  1. helen33

    helen33 New Egg

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    I have 1 rooster and 4 hens. He only seems to be mating with one hen. She's the only one missing neck feathers. Does anybody know why he would only be mating with one hen?
     
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  2. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I think maybe the other hens won't let him mate them.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    How old is your rooster? Are the hens much older than he is?

    Roosters do tend to have favorites. But some hens won't let a rooster mate them. You may be missing the action since it's over in seconds. It is also sufficient for almost three weeks of fertilizing a hens eggs following a single mating.

    You can check your yolks to see if they've been fertilized. Look for a small, white "bulls eye" on the yolk. http://naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-tell-if-your-chicken-eggs-are.html
     
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  4. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    Sounds like he may be overmating with his favorite hen rather than not mating at all with the others. Roos do tend to play favorites, and it can lead to feather loss or damage for the favorite hen. Keep an eye on the bald spot to be sure no injury occurs, and if it should, be sure to treat it immediately.
     
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  5. helen33

    helen33 New Egg

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    He's the same age as the rest of them. Except one hen is older than the others but shes not the one he's mating with. Ya I may just not be seeing it. It's just all the other hens look like they have never been touched
     
  6. chicklets81

    chicklets81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a similar issue. I have just 1 roo in my flock of 11 hens right now, and he is a bantam cochin. I brought him home with other bantam cochin girls, and he will only mate with his own cochin hen, and 1 other smaller ameraucana mix hen, but that's it. Anytime he tries to get close to the regular LF hens, they peck at him and won't let him mate. So, I have a smilar situation. I am introducing a larger roo to my flock this spring and getting some more bantam cochin hens and other larger hends to even out the numbers.
     

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