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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bawkadoodledoo, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    murder attempt? bullying? mating?

    Today, my White Leghorn, Bertha was violently grabbed on the head by a Black Minorca Roo, she proceeded to sound like she was being butterknife murdered as the roo stood on top of her with his muddy feet. HELP. I think she's gonna get serious head injuries!! I think the thing that would have happened next was.. [​IMG]
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    That is part of the mating process of a rooster. There are saddles for their backs where their feathers get pulled out by the feet and spurs. I am sure you can fashion something for headgear if the head is getting injured.

    Some roos have a fav hen and are relentless when it comes to rough mating.
     
  3. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    If they are starting to mate, does this mean eggs are near?
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How old are they? Some breeds are ready to lay small eggs at 18 - 24 weeks. However, this is not a rule and some take much longer to mature. This year many people are reporting much later dates for first time layers.

    One more thing - a randy rooster in no way indicates the readiness of a hen/pullet to lay [​IMG]
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    It means the rooster is maturing, if the pullets are the same age eggs are probably not real far behind.
     
  6. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2007
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    you should be getting fertile eggs soon. but you cant set them until they get much bigger.in about 2 months
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My Ameraucana cockerel was mating his Speckled Sussex girl when they were 9 weeks old! I mean, he was doing a good imitation of it, anyway. Obviously, eggs were a looong way off, LOL.
     
  8. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    they were all hatched at most 24 hours apart, give or take 24 hours.

    if this is true, then he's got a big harem..
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How many weeks old are they now?
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:Hahaha, you have young maturing birds don't you! Crowing at 5 weeks, mating at 9!

    If they are all the same age, eggs shouldn't be too far behind now.
     

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