when do Roosters become mature?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wanttobefarmer, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. wanttobefarmer

    wanttobefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I decided to get my first rooster a couple of months ago to cover my hens. He is a blue wheaton ameraucana. He was 3 months when I got him and he should now be 5 months. He had been severely picked on when I bought him, all of the feathers on his back had been plucked out by other birds in the cage with him.I had already made up my mind that I wanted a blue wheaten roo and I was at this breeder's house looking at a showgirl when I saw him. He is not show quality and I'm sure the breeder had no use for him wich is why he was put in a pen with alot of aggressive pullets and roos. She sold him to me for 5 dollars and mostly I just wanted to give this poor guy a good life and I wanted a roo to breed more Easter Eggers so it was a win win. especially for Charlie. Well charlie is so much better, his feathers have mostly grown in and there is a slightly younger EE pullet that is his girlfriend, but the other 9 chickens are a few months older and Charlie seems to be at the bottom of the pecking order. He runs in and grabs food or treats when I throw them out, but is very afraid of being attacked by the older hens. Will this go away? Is 5 months still too young? Is he scarred for life? He has not started crowing yet. Well I know that was a lot of background, but if you have any ideas on how I can help Charlie or what to expect from him I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
     
  2. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rosters become sexually mature between 6 and 8 months of age depending on the breed. It may take longer for him to move up to king of the hill. But if he is the only roster he will eventually take over top spot.
     
  3. wanttobefarmer

    wanttobefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I appreciate the information.
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