when will a silkie rooster mature?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Prestonsloan12, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Prestonsloan12

    Prestonsloan12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a silkie hen and rooster (i believe) they are wonderful! but how long until he can breed? i want to mix him with my dom. i think the outcome would be pretty! just curious as to how long it will be until i can breed him? they are 11 weeks old!

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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Roosters are sexually mature at the same age their sisters start laying eggs. So if a hen starts laying eggs at 20 weeks her brother or hatch mate will be able to fertilise them. Keep in mind that roosters need to practice a bit before mating successfully. So let him mess around a bit before setting any eggs and crack a few eggs to see if they are fertile first.

    Here's what to look for: How to Tell a Fertile vs INfertile Egg (Pictures)
     
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  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm going to respectfully disagree. Males will often mature months earlier than females and will begin mating efforts with resistant pullets. One of the ways you can tell that a pullet is close to laying her first egg is that she begins squatting rather than screeching and running away. It would be nice if they matured in tandem but I believe that's the exception, not the norm.
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Roosters will start "mating" with hens from an early age. I've had male chicks try to mount their own mothers and the most memorable one was a chicky little guy who jumped on another chick's mom when he was barely 2 months old! But they will not be mature enough to fertilise the hen's eggs, i.e. mate successfully. In general the opinion is that roosters mature sexually aged 5 months, but some smaller breeds mature quicker. Also see here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/180127/when-is-a-rooster-sexually-mature
     
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Ah, so you're defining sexual maturity by fertility rates. I'm defining it by the hormone surge that brings about physical and behavioral changes.
     
  6. tonnie

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    you will know a hen and roo the rooster has a rasberry bumppy comb but the hen has almost nothing
     

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