Rooster question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mbcaring, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. mbcaring

    mbcaring Out Of The Brooder

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    My rooster is mounting a pullet that hadn't started laying yet as far as I know. Should I be on the search for eggs or is this normal?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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    How old is the male? The same age? Is the pullet cooperating?

    The mating ritual is not just about sex but is also about dominance. The one on bottom is accepting the dominance of the one on top, either willingly or by force. One way males impose their dominance on other chickens is to mate with them. On rare occasions a male will mate another male or a female will mate another female. That’s not about sex but dominance. Immature males are more likely to enforce this dominance than more mature males. That’s why a lot of immature males literally lose their heads. People think they are being brutes when they are just following their instincts.

    It is a good sign, especially if she is cooperating instead of resisting. It’s also a good sign if the male is older and a true flock master instead of an immature adolescent. But this does not give any guarantees of egg laying. I’ve seen a 13 week old pullet willingly submit to a 13 week old cockerel and she did not lay for another two months.

    Still, be encouraged. It probably won’t be long.
     
  3. mbcaring

    mbcaring Out Of The Brooder

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    He is older I'm sure. I got them all from the same breeder but the females (I hope) comb hasn't even developed fully yet. The other two 1 hen laying and1 rooster have full beautiful combs. He has only been rooing for about 2 weeks now.
     
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