Soliciting advice for a small breeding project

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenfreak, May 15, 2010.

  1. chickenfreak

    chickenfreak Hatching

    May 15, 2010
    Kent, WA
    I'm relatively new to chicken keeping (2 years), and this year we decided to see if we could breed one of our girls. Josephine is a 2-yr old Speckled Sussex who periodically goes broody. When our girl Goldie was killed a couple of months ago by a raccoon, we decided we'd get a rooster and see if we could get some more babies. Our main reason really, is pure curiosity. I'd read that Sussex are a more rare breed, and my 10-yr old daughter is keen on the idea as well.

    So, we bought Skippy, an 8 month old Speckled Sussex rooster from a gal who had too many roosters. Poor Skippy was being picked on by the dom rooster and has a lazy eye. Other than that he seems very healthy.

    We introduce he and Josephine very slowly, and for the lasty couple of weeks they've been co-habitating in our "love shack" quite nicely. He's obsessed her with, she tolerates him.

    We've seen him do this odd little skipping dance around her (and the other hens when they all mingle during supervised outtings) which is why we named him Skippy. Is that normal? We've seen him attempt many mountings, but haven't witnessed anything that looks like real mating.

    Aside from making sure she gets breeder rations, appropriate housing and water and all, is there anything else we can do to help our experiment have positive outcomes, ie: little baby Sussexes?

  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    The lil dance is normal .. He is trying to show off how manly he looks ... I would just try to be patient it takes some time but they all figure out what to do eventually... Now if your hen has a major fluffy butt thenn you can trim the feathers around her vent to aid in increasing fertility... Have fun
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    The wing dance is normal. He's trying to woo her. And mating is super quick, so if you've seen him on top of her, he's probably getting the job done. Have you looked for the bullseye on the egg yolk? That will tell you if her eggs are fertile.

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