When are Silkie roasters sexually mature?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Bryam, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have three 5 month old silkies. They are doing nothing! When can I expect the male to start taking interest in the 2 hens, who are not laying yet!

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2015
  2. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are painted silkies, if that makes a difference.:)
     
  3. Rocky64

    Rocky64 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies are a slow growing breed, hen typically start to lay around 8 months, I'm assuming roosters would take a little shorter amount of time to get interested in hens.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    A rooster may not be interested in the pullets until they are laying. I've seen roosters try to breed non-laying hens before, but in general they won't be very successful (and therefore not interested) until the females are laying.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  6. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the roaster is 5 and a half months old, he is with 4 hens total, 2 of the hens are 7 months old and laying, the other 2 hens are 5 months old and not laying. He has no interest in any of them! So the big question is, when can I expect him to wakeup? He is not crowing at all, if that info is helpful at all.
     
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  7. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So when can I expect him to start mating with the hens?:D
     
  8. Bryam

    Bryam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!!!!
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I think posting on one of the silkie threads would probably get more answers to your questions.
     
  10. Tara K

    Tara K Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be patient you can't rush these things.. When your Roo is ready you will know...
     

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