When does a rooster become of age

SillyChick

Songster
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Dec 15, 2007
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They begin to be fertile at around 1 year of age, but starts mating at around 5-months old. When they're 5-months old and starts to mate they still can't fertilize the eggs but once they're about a year old they can now fertilize them.

Good luck!
 

joebryant

Crowing
11 Years
Apr 28, 2008
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Quote:SillyChick, I passed your information on yesterday to my nephew who asked me. I got to thinking about it and Googling, and I do not find any source that agrees with you. Actually, most sources say that a rooster's most potent/verile/fertile age is between 40 and 50 weeks and that it's all downhill for him after 12 months.
I'm guessing that they're capable of fertilizing eggs much earlier than 40 weeks, but I haven't seen any literature that discusses that.

Other members, any comments/information on the subject that you can pass on?
 
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DTchickens

Crowing
11 Years
Mar 23, 2008
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I believe a rooster is just like Humans. When they enter "puberty" meaning. for a chicken when they get the age of starting to crow/mate./lay eggs is when they become fertile. but just me.


EDIT: Ps, i've had eggs hatch off a 5 month old stag before. Just felt like saying.. Again. just my opinion
 
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seriousbill

Songster
11 Years
May 4, 2008
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Roosters tend to begin mating at around 16 weeks of age (although individuals may vary). They are fertile almost immediately, but they may not provide good coverage. They may not have the proper technique mastered, and they may not cover all of the hens, so total flock fertility with a youngster may be rather low at first. But it can just as easily be fine. My cockerel is 18 weeks old, has been mating the hens for about 3 weeks, and I have nice bullseyes in most of my eggs right now.
 

hazesolomon02

In the Brooder
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May 30, 2012
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i have a rooster that is about 10 weeks old and hasnt showed aggression or trying to mate or he hasnt crowed or tried to any answers?
 

Elginchickens

Chirping
Apr 29, 2015
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My Rhode island red rooster has been mating and fertilizing my flock since he was 4 months old and I have been hatching out black sex links from him like crazy...
 

MysteriaSdrassa

Chirping
May 26, 2015
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As others have said,, as soon as they are going through the motions and mounting the hens they are pretty much ready to go,,, they may not be quite as potent yet but they will be getting the job done to some extent. I have a Black Minorka who started at 9 weeks and was most definitly potent at that age (about 50% with first hatch)
Another thing is generally the lighter the breed the faster they will mature,, I have read cases (documented,, not just word of mouth on a forum) where Egyptian Fayoumis can start breeding in as little as 6 weeks,, larger breeds tend to start closer to 16-20 and cochins,, well those bad boys take their sweet time :)
As far as loosing it,,, it is pretty much agreed that they hit their peak their first year and it's pretty much downhill from there,, i keep my breeders for 3, but toward the end of the third year you can see significant loss in fertility rate.
 

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