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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WhiteCochinLover, Sep 19, 2011.
When can roosters mate?
It depends on the breed, some are slower maturing than others (big breeds: Brahmas for instance, or Jerseys) but most standard sized breeds start showing interest and working on it by 4-5 months (also crowing a lot, doing little dances for the hens, etc., very cute). Some are precocious and get into it a little earlier...
Actually slower maturing breeds still usually can mate around the same time production-bred breeds to, the hens just don't lay as early.
Most can start to mate by 21-32 weeks of age, but it does vary. Even production breeds, hatchery strains included, can mature slower than others.
He is maybe 4 months and he is a bantam cochin...
It also depends upon whether you have other roos around. If there is a dominant male, the young guns won't mate early (or at least not whilst alpha male is around!).
I currently have 25 week old Brahma boys who show no sign of mating as I have several other adult males. My 28 week old NN X Brahma mates with any and everything as he is such a fast runner, but he only ever crows when he is a very long distance from the 'king pins'.
Quote:You have plenty of time left, I wouldn't incubate or collect egg's from him till spring if you want to use him.