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When is a rooster sexually mature?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Yard full o' rocks, May 12, 2009.

  1. I am very close to having to replace my Buff orp roo. He has gottem WAY TOO aggressive. He now comes at me and my sons, even thru the fence. I have an opportunity to get a 10 week old, hand raised roo whose father has a very docile, tame temperment. My boys are enjoying raising baby chicks and selling them at the local livestock auction....I dont want to hinder their excitement and enthusiasm to do a little work. If I replaced this rooster, how long til this young rooster is mature enough to mate successfully? THANKS

  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Im in the same exact boat--My Bo roo was teh sweetest-until he became sexually mature! now he flogs me at every chance he can get-he's not even a year old yet. We would hold him-carry him around but now-puh..I can't go near the pen without a huge rake to stop him from wanting to kill me. I have 1 roo that is his son -hathces 5 weeks ago and he is be the replacement. That wil give my 3 girls a break for a few months? I hope someone answers-thanks for asking the question!
  3. Nemo

    Nemo Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    A quick Google search says 5-6 months.

    Hens will still be able to lay fertilized eggs for up to a month after the removal of the rooster.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Between 16 and 18 weeks, usually. That's when I start seeing fertile eggs with young roosters.
  5. Quote:Thank you very much. Any suggestions on how to handle, train, tame a roo so I dont have this same issue again? He was soo nice....now he's just awful.[​IMG]
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sometimes you can't change them, sadly. You can try humiliatiion and domination (check out rooster-red's BYC page), but I have had both situations. The one that turned out well stopped bad behaviour very very young (8 weeks). I've had two roosters become aggressive, but they were rather young, too, around 20-something weeks. They are no longer with us.
  7. Bluebells

    Bluebells In the Brooder

    May 15, 2013
    We had two fighting cockerels at age 16 weeks--bleeding neck on one, awful. They had gotten along until then though had frequent staring matches. Once the bleeding one had recovered, i.e. the next morning, we stopped their fighting by placing the one who started it into the penalty box (small run by himself, size two sq meters) for a few hours. When letting him out we watched again, and again the aggressor went to the box. Who started would change so each had had his turns. This went on for two days, and then it was over. No more fights. They avoided one another for a day or two, but then were back to being buddies.

    These are Orpingtons. From an Orpington expert, I learned that Orpington cockerels establish a hierarchy among themselves and no longer fight. Also, they will not fight to the death. There was another breed, I wish I could remember which one, whose cockerels do not fight. So I don't know how this would work on other breeds, or even other Orpingtons. I don't have much experience with cockerels.

    Is your cockerel attacking your children? I think, I might try the penalty box if you can be very watchful and quick about it.

    We had done the penalty box thing with an aggressive hen who kept bullying one of our other hens. She learned so quickly that after two penalties, she ran to and pecked the little hen, and then immediately turned and ran straight to the penalty box without our having a chance to go after her. Needless to say, this penalty did not seem to work on her. Incidentally, while standing in the penalty box, she would noisily complain and wail away most pitifully. If that happens you need to devise something that will get the message across to your cockerel. They can learn but they do have a strong will of their own.

    Another thought: you might want to observe the conditions immediately preceding the bad behaviour to get a better insight. Just realized this is a very old blog, but just in case of interest to any other readers...

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