When do roosters......

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jenjen, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. jenjen

    jenjen Out Of The Brooder

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    What age are roosters when they start hopping on the hens?? Sorry, I didn't know how to word that tactfully
     
  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Mine started about 14-15 weeks. Hens just started laying at 18 1/2 weeks. I think they like to practice first!!
     
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It has seemed to me like when mine reach 17 or 18 weeks old they are ready to go. That just been with mine. Someone else might have a different opinion.
     
  4. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My buff orpington and buff rock both started at 17 weeks old.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    See! I knew my chickens were a bunch of delinquents! My alpha roo started practicing at 10 weeks. The hens started tolerating his practices when they were about 16 weeks old! [​IMG]
     
  6. jenjen

    jenjen Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know how old this guy is, I would guess he's about 4 months old. He just started doing this 2 days ago.(which was also the same day we FINALLY confirmed he was a rooster and not a pullet [​IMG] I was wondering if he was just practicing or what because so far he has been getting his butt kicked by my pullets. There seems to be only 2 pullets he's intrested in. All the pullets are approx. 6 months. No eggs yet. Like I said, I didn't know if he was practicing OR if my pullets could be getting ready to lay, or a combo. Thanks everyone for the info. I appreciate it
     
  7. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i had a leghorn that tried MATING,, or MOUNTING (lol) at 2months,,, till the hen threw him a few thousand feet away hahaha ,, guess he got watching dad too much [​IMG]
     
  8. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I'm starting to think that my 24-week-old blue Orpington rooster is a pedophile. I had to put my little silkie in a separate coop/run because of his repeatedly, savagely raping her. It was so bad that I was/am afraid he would/will kill her. He's with three hens (his sisters), and as far as I know he has never even tried to mate with any of them.
     
  9. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    Quote:wows,,,, i just split my rir roo's and put 2 hens with each of them, 1 hen laying, the other not yet, and they only seem to mess with the ones laying,, i was afraid they would go after the young ones,, so i watched for 2 days,, no problems,,,,so far ( knock on wood)
     
  10. blessedchickenmama7

    blessedchickenmama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmm... my roos don't do anything of the sort like that...

    And they are 6 months old.

    Course, my hens don't lay either...

    Right now I'd settle for a roo or a hen who acted like either one...
     

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