When does a rooster become fertile?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by twunker, Sep 20, 2012.

Free Range or confined

Poll closed Sep 20, 2012.
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  1. twunker

    twunker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When does a rooster become fertile and start mating?
     
  2. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    one of mine is 15 weeks and i just cought him trying to mate

    mine usually start at around that time and teh eggs are very very fertile as my fertility rate was 100%
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    It depends on the breed and the time it takes the roo to mature. I had a RIR X mate with one of my hens when he was around 5-6 months old. She went broody and none of her eggs were fertile. She hatched 3 doz of her own eggs before that with no problems. He's since been practising daily and he fathered lots of chicks.
     
  4. Frizzle13

    Frizzle13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My new frizzle roo is around 15 weeks and is producing 75% fertile eggsat the mo. I think It depends on the breed and bird.
     
  5. Aschenfire

    Aschenfire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Seramas and one of my little almost-12 week old cockerels is in a cage with a little pullet of the same age. He most definitely is trying, and he is in love with that girl. He talks to her, feeds her, worries if I take her out of the cage. Gah. Maybe putting them together already was a bad idea. He has a show to go to in January...I was not planning on taking her, but I might have to, to keep either of them from fretting too much.
     
  6. CAjerseychick

    CAjerseychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it does depend on the breed/ bird...my Jersey Giant boy has been in with pullets all his life(2 are his sisters, the other 13 are 1 month younger) and he is 14 weeks and has not started crowing or trying anything with the girls...
     

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