When will the roosters be ready?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickeypeep101, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. chickeypeep101

    chickeypeep101 the Awesome Pullet

    Jul 23, 2009
    On a horse!
    I know roosters start crowing at all different ages but when they start mating with the hens and actually fertilizing their eggs or does it vary like crowing? Thanks.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It varies, like the crowing. One thing I'm almost sure of though. The cockerels will be ready to mate at least a few weeks before the pullets are ready to accept it. It's utter chaos until everyone gets on the same page.
     
  3. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    Ditto, experiencing that right now... my two boys are barely 5 weeks, and their sisters are NOT appreciating the testosterone!
     

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