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Sexual Maturity of Cockerels

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Just_Clucky84, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Just_Clucky84

    Just_Clucky84 In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I have three Easter Egger chicks that were born on June 11th and are about 10 weeks old. One of them - which I thought was a girl until recently - just mounted one of my barred rock hens. Is this something that they normally do at this age? I thought the males would start doing that in another month or so. This particular chick was always smaller and started to mature MUCH later than his brother. I knew his brother was a boy about a month ago. He's starting to catch up now, but his feet are still smaller and for a long time his tail seemed to be shaped more like a hen's.
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster 9 Years

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    That's a good question. I have some black Australops that hatched June 1 and I caught one of the roos mounting another young pullet a couple of weeks ago.
  3. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

    Mar 11, 2009
    Northeast Louisiana
    I have a RIR hen that took over a roo's job. Now that I have a roo she does not but does not let the roo anywhere close to her. She does lay eggs.

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