trouble mating rooster and hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bantamweight21, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. bantamweight21

    bantamweight21 Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently got a new rooster for my hen Saturday and when he would try to mate with her she would run. So after that I put them in a small cage together for a 2 days to get them used to each other and now it seems like he doesn't want to mate with her but whenever he does she seems to run a little and another problem is they will not sleep together when they roost. What could be the problem
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They are still in the courtship phase and are just getting to know one another. They will work it out. The next time you get new birds, it would be a good idea to quarantine before introducing them to the flock.
     
  3. bantamweight21

    bantamweight21 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have my old rooster in a different cage in where he can't see them is that okay. My other rooster is just too old to mate
     
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They might need to get used to each other. Every now and then, one of my hens will resist the rooster and scamper away. I don't know why. I suppose that is just the nature of chickens. He has 9 hens, generally all are receptive. I don't watch them all the time, so I don't see the mating behavior often.

    I would give them some time.

    Chris
     

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