New Rooster

Discussion in 'Behavior & Flock Management' started by BarredRock123, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. BarredRock123

    BarredRock123 New Member

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    I've decided to keep the rooster, but he's started crowing. So I just kept him in the garage on nights so he doesn't disturb the neighbors. I have a few question that I need to be answered desperately!

    1. Do I need to keep the hens(5) separated from the rooster? I don't always want fertile eggs.
    2. Will he attack me later on?
    3. After a year or two is he going to stop mating with the hens?
    -Thanks

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  2. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Flocker

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    If you don't want fertile eggs, then keep the rooster seperated. Maybe keep him with just a few hens, then you will have some eggs that are fertile, and some that aren't. There is a possibility that he will attack you, especially if he thinks he is protecting his hens. He is a man, and will mate as long as he is able, longer than just a few years. :eek:
     

  3. BarredRock123

    BarredRock123 New Member

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    Thanks so much! How am I suppose to know he can start mating? When the hens start laying?
     
  4. earlyt89

    earlyt89 New Member

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    I'd say 5 to 6 months of age. That's when my roosters start. But usually you will see him doing his thing.
     
  5. madman

    madman New Member

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    Well yes and no you will now he is mating when the eggs start hatching or when you see him.
    My new cockerel what I brought back from holiday was mating with the hens driving back in the land rover. I thought it was weird.
    Hope this helps :)
     
  6. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    That Roo sounds like someone from Madmen. In the landrover... Sheesh! Lol ;-)
     
  7. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    Oh my gosh that's funny madman! Thanks for the laugh. :D
     
  8. BarredRock123

    BarredRock123 New Member

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    Wow, I didn't expect many replies :D it really helps!! Oh and one more question, how frequently will he mate in one day?
     
  9. earlyt89

    earlyt89 New Member

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    I have seen my rooster mate 4 to 5 times in a day
     
  10. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    I don't have answers to your questions. Just wanted to say nice looking roo you have BarredRock!
     
  11. BarredRock123

    BarredRock123 New Member

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    Thanks! That was one of the reasons why we want to keep him :)
     
  12. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    if you put the eggs in the fridge they will never hatch
    they only start to turn into chicks under a hen or in a bator
    so even if you had 100 roosters as long as you collect the eggs every day there should be no chicks show up