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Alright, so I have a pair of bb homers. Very nice pair but I'm having trouble breeding them. They r always "pecking" eachother and they do the female's beak in male's throat thing. But when the female crouches the male doesn't mount. I've seen him mount once. This has been going on for a month now. They r 07 birds too. Any tips u guys? Help please they're driving me nuts!
 

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Do you have nestboxes and nest material for them? Usually nature will take its course from there. Are you sure you have a cock and a hen? Seems obvious but I have misjudged the sex before as I am sure many here have.

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Your experience is just too weird to me. Even my gay (cock) breeders mount each other and copulate. Are you sure they are 07 birds? They act young and don't know what they are doing. Can it be possible that an old band was reused? Another possibility is when they don't feel safe. One crouches, but the other doesn't mount because of fear. Give them some private room.
 

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Sounds like you might have two hens there. If that is the case, they may not know what to do when the other squats. Do you know if either of these bred last year? Other than that, if they are healthy, they just need time to get the hormones going. I don't know where you are but if it has been very cold there over the last few months, you may have difficulty getting the hormones up and running until things warm up.

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No these two are definately 07s and are definately a cock and hen. when u see a cock, u know its a cock. But yes it has been cold here in MN. That may be the reason. Ill also seperate them for a week and see how it goes. Idk if the weatherrs the case though because my friends white homers mate like there's no tomorrow. How do I get mine to do that? Lol
 

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I thought I had a hen one time and it turned out to be a cock! So this cock dances in circle, puff its crop, makes sound, drags tail?
 

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I once had a hen which supposedly was a cock, everything about it was a cock but that cock laid some eggs LOL! Cooing spining everything! Just try all of the above it should work.
Sometimes these birds make fools of the most seasoned veterans when it comes to identifying their sex! Happened to me this year also. Paired up the birds and all was well except one pair that showed no interest in each other. Finally put both with other hens and, sure enough, the original bird I thought was a hen turned out to be a cock...go figure!

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Keep the cock by himself in that nestbox for a week...After a week put the hen in there with him...Doing this will make the cock aggressive "to mate"...Also, put the light, the light can make a difference too...The more the cock see the hen the more he want to mate...

Rod got a point, maybe the previous owner put an old band to a younger cock or hen...But, having a gay bird, well that I havent seen yet...I had a BB hen, her size is as big as cock pigeons, but she came out from the closet when I put my aggressive cock with her...
 

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Yeah i'm sure it's a cock. He coos, he does all a male does. He looks like a male and before it was in my coop, it was in my friends coop and he owned all the males. But i have done the light thing. I've also added another nestbox and the male seems to like this new one better. i'll experiment with this for 1 week and i'll give you guys a head up. if it doesn't work then i'll seperate them. you guys think this is good?
 

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Ok. Some birds just don't click. One my hens wing snapped males that approaches her. She preferred only one male. So maybe you can try different matings--different hens or cocks.
 

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Real funny dan...................Is there a way I can get them to mate
Sorry about that...the smart a** in me came out there for a minute.

In all seriousness, light can have a lot to do with getting them into the swing of things. You might try turning the lights on for several hours into the night for a week or two to fool them into thinking the days are longer. This often gets them going. I do this in the winter to encourage January breeding. It has worked well for me.

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alright i watched them today and for the second time in my life i saw them breed. success with the lights and seperation so far. But how many times do they need to mate to guarantee babies? how many times in a day? lol thanks guys. this really helped.
Like the old saying goes, "a watched pot never boils". Just leave them to their own devices and in about 10 days or so you should have some eggs.

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Just let the birds be. They will keep on mating even the day the hen is about to lay egg. When they get opportunity they will mate. In one observation with my birds one pair mated maybe 5 times in under 30 minutes or 45 minutes. And my "player" cock mated with 3 different hens in 5 minutes! That freaking bird is mating obsessed!
 
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