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When did your cockerel mature?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AustralorpsAU, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everybody,

    I am making this thread so that when people ask - when is my cockerel going to do his thing? - you can direct them here so they can read when other people's cockerel matured!

    Please state their breed and age and any additional information (not compulsory)

    PLEASE READ:
    - There are many variables that come into the equation. Basing your cockerels maturity on just one persons cannot be accurate as they will have different circumstances. If another older more dominant rooster is in there the cockerel, it will not have a chance to crow or mate so please only post if you don't have another rooster in with it!


    I start by saying that i have a Blue Australorp cockerel that is now 5 months old (20 weeks) and is yet to mature. He hasn't started crowing and he isn't mating the hens that i know of. Here is a pic[​IMG]

    @PingoBags 's BLUE AUSTRALORP CROSS is 18 weeks old and as far as the owner is concerned has never crowed or shown interest in the pullets.
    @BlueBaby 's SPLASH AUSTRALORP started mating his hens at 5 1/2 months of age! He was even covering the older hens.
    @CTKen 's BROWN LEGHORN started crowing/mating at around 4-5 months old. Didn't cover all his hens until he was 7 months old.
    @mcclucker 's GOLDEN LACED WYANDOTTE started the occasional crow at 10-11 weeks old. He is now 18 weeks old and is yet to mate the hens (that she knows of).
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2016
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    My Brown Leghorn little fella took a while to learn that appropriate rooster behaviour increased his chance of being accepted by the girls. He was approx 7 months before he managed to cover all the hens in the flock. Higher ranking girls will not allow a little punk the luxury of mating, so it can take time before you can be sure that he is successfully covering the whole flock.
     
  3. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good info. When did he start to crow/mate?
     
  4. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Slash Australorp was 5 1/2 months old, and he started crowing and mating with the almost 1 year old Black Australorp hens. He will be 6 months old on the 21st of this month (1 week from now). I have proof that he is definitely fertilizing the hen's, because I just got done hatching out 4 of his children in my incubator. All of the babies turned out blue.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Crowing - probably 4-5 months, mating not long after, but only with omega pullets to begin with
     
  6. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what ill do is ill put the info on the first thread with the breeds in chronological order!!
     
  7. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is important to remember with a thread like this, that circumstances will play a big part in cockerels declaring themselves. For instance....

    If there is an adult rooster already in the flock, a juvenile will usually take longer to build up the confidence to crow and start mating hens, especially if they don't free range as they will be under the watchful eye of the dominant male most of the time.
    Male hatch mates, I find, take longer to mate with their "siblings" if they are all brought up together in their own little group, rather than if they are raised in a larger mixed flock.

    I'm afraid I can't offer facts and figures as I have far too many juvenile farmyard mutt males running around to keep tabs on and some of them will be getting processed before they get the chance to fulfil all the criteria I'm afraid!
     
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  8. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is true! A very good thing to consider. Maybe its best if people only post if their cockerel is not in with another rooster!
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Agrees...too many variables, that many folks don't pay attention to.
     
  10. mcclucker

    mcclucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am glad to read any experiences here. I have a GLW cockerel that is almost 18 weeks. He was supposed to be a pullet and was raised with 5 girls in a mixed flock. He crows occasionally, starting at 10-11 weeks but not that often. Every few days, maybe. When the mood strikes him I guess. I have not seen any mating behaviors except he will flap and peck at a couple of the girls when they do something he doesn't like (e.g. Move in on his treats). I am not sure we are keeping him so the longer he takes to mature, the better it will be for him. One of the BO pullets is getting very close to laying - bright red, squatting, and he's not the least bit interested in her. Clueless boys. Lol.
     

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