Will a roo breed an immature hen/pullet?

chickensioux

Songster
10 Years
Feb 12, 2009
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Western North Carolina
In my experience with my roo, he tried but the hens ran.......
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chicks4kids

Songster
10 Years
Apr 22, 2009
2,681
17
229
Northern Indiana
My older experienced Roo has never tried to mount a young hen, however, I have a couple roos just maturing now and I have had to put them in the "cockpit" (a temp. pen) because they were running around, grabbing whatever they could, and being extremely rough about it! I even caught one on another roo........eeeewwwww.
 

A.T. Hagan

Don't Panic
12 Years
Aug 13, 2007
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303
North/Central Florida
A mature rooster will generally ignore an unready pullet. A cockerel just beginning to feel his oats often will not. I typically prefer to separate the girls and the boys about that time. In a free-range situation where the girls can get away it may not be necessary.

.....Alan.
 

barefootchef

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 7, 2009
62
1
31
N.E. Georgia
Thanks. My roo is experienced. I have a young (his daughter that was hatched last September) Fawn Duckwing Bantam and was wondering. I also have her mother and saw my roo breed her this morning. I'm wondering if she is ready to lay again?
 

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