why is rooster only jumping 2 hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Harleychicks, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. Harleychicks

    Harleychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 11 hens and 1 rir rooster , he only mounts the 2 Jersey Giant hens and no others. They have bald spots on their backs. Do I need more hens of the same color or do I get rid of the rooster, we aren't expecting chicks from them as the rate of laying is about 1 a day. Thanks for the advice
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Many roosters will just mate the bottom pecking order hens, especially when young and lacking confidence. You did not mention their ages.
     
  3. Harleychicks

    Harleychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking that too.these 2 are the new ones Its been a few months since we added them I thought that would be long enough to find their place. Im guessing all should be around 8 to 10 months old
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I find the second season roosters get more confidence and mate more hens. When they are younger they like what's easy, and mate a lot. If you don't want the rooster I would remove him, either permanently or for a few months to help your two hens recover. Roosters sometimes need management during their first year as they can be rough on hens.
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Tis better to get mature or raise up mature roosters than it is to play musical cockerels and never ending up with a brood rooster.
     

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