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Helencus

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • NW Leicestershire
Cockerels?
« on: March 18, 2010, 08:19:28 am »
Hi can anyone tell me how old would cockerels need to be seperated by, how old are they when they become sexually mature and when do they start crowing? I am hatching my first eggs and anticipate I will get a few so want to know what to expect. Thanks

Birdie Wife

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2010, 10:37:43 am »
Some breeds are more precocious than others but mine have usually started crowing at about 4 months and treading at 5 - 6 months. Not sure if this means they are sexually mature or whether they are just practising the behaviour, but I cull at about 6-7 months and the testes are well developed by then.

Helencus

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • NW Leicestershire
Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2010, 05:34:24 pm »
Thanks birdiewife

langdon

  • Joined Sep 2009
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Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2010, 08:41:50 pm »
please could you explain treading and testies!!!
langdon :chook:
Langdon ;)

Helencus

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • NW Leicestershire
Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2010, 07:57:23 am »
Well Langdon if you don't know about the birds and the bees by now then I guess there is no hope for you  ;D

langdon

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Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2010, 10:04:04 pm »
hey hang on there!
i know all about that ;) but neva heared of treading and tassties or tessties
cheek ;D
Langdon ;)

Hermit

  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2010, 10:10:00 pm »
Treading means mating and the other means bol***KS

Roxy

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Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2010, 10:16:51 pm »
Langdon, well done on asking questions.  Its the only way you will find out the answers isn't it!!!

I have numerous cockerels, and they did have a few skirmishes at first, but are all roughly the same age, and seem to have an agreement amongst themselves, that they have their own ladies, and keep to their own bit of field. Having said that, 4 of them do hang out together, but only one of those seems to tread the hens, doubt the others are allowed!!

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Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2010, 10:20:27 pm »
Langdon, the reason it's called treading is because that is what the cockerel does to the hens.  He jumps on their backs and 'treads' them while he is mating them.  Testes is the medical term for testicles, and I'm sure you know what they are  ;D ;D ;D
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

Helencus

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • NW Leicestershire
Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2010, 05:47:34 pm »
Sorry langdon I thought you were being Tongue in cheek. I hadn't heard it referred to as treading until I got my own hens and read up. As for testies have 2 sons so knew all about them  ;D

langdon

  • Joined Sep 2009
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Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2010, 06:16:36 pm »
no problem ;) next time now i will know what you are talking about!
Langdon ;)

QWOLF

  • Joined May 2009
  • DOLLAR
Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2010, 08:46:09 pm »
hi helen
have a wee look on you tube (sexing chicks) it shows u how u can tell by the wing feathers at 2 days old...worth a wee look then like me you will probably watch the other 9 million chicken vids lol.
Currently haved 3 x 5 months old peking bantams,2 x isa brown, 1 x welsummer and 5 welsummer chicks and thats me at my full quota, their great fun and i think everybody should keep a couple of chooks as there great and the eggs are a bonus  LOL

Helencus

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • NW Leicestershire
Re: Cockerels?
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2010, 06:59:48 am »
Oh qwolf you know I will  cheers

 

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