will a rooster try to mount another rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kelck22, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2013
    mukilteo, wa
    I have a little sizzle rooster that is just coming into his prime. He's about 6 months. I have two of his hatch mates I'm not sure on sex still (they are bantam).

    I clearly saw him try go mount one of the two. So does that mean that one if for sure a girl?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Males can mount males to show or attempt to show dominance. It probably won't happen too many more times as one of them is going to make a stand as to their status in the pecking order! :)
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Unfortunately no, but it is a good sign. The mating ritual is not just about sex, it also can be about dominance. The one on bottom is accepting the dominance of the one on top, whether willingly or by force. I’ve seen a hen mount a pullet to demonstrate dominance when there was not a dominant rooster in the flock. I’ve never seen a cockerel mount another cockerel but some people on this forum that I trust say they have.

    It’s still a really good sign, especially if the one on bottom did not put up much of a fight. The mating ritual often is about sex.

    Since it can be a dominance issue, it does not necessarily mean the pullet is ready to lay, if it really is a pullet. But again, it is a pretty good sign you might get an egg pretty soon. Make sure your nests are open and put a fake egg in to show her where to lay. I like your odds of seeing an egg pretty soon.

    Good luck!
  4. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2013
    mukilteo, wa
    Thanks RR. I have full size hens laying so she knows where to go (if it is a she).

    The sizzle is not the dominant rooster in my flock. I have an older full size bcm.

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