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So my dad owns a couple of hens and they've both started laying eggs. One of them has layed more eggs whereas the other one has only layed 2 even though they are the same age not sure why? However my dad now wants to produce fertile eggs and has bought a rooster, and he has not slowly introduced them to each other but has just placed it in the coop "to let them do their thing" Not sure if they're fighting or if they're gonna be ok....can I wake up tomorrow to 3 happy/healthy chickens or can I expect some injuries?
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2 hens aren't enough for most roosters, especially if he is young.

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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post

2 hens aren't enough for most roosters, especially if he is young.
How often will they mate and should I remove him tomorrow given that they may have mated tonight?
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It all depends on the rooster. Young cockerels will mate with anything they can catch, as often as they can. Mature roosters will take the time to woo a hen. He will try to find tidbits for her, show her places to lay, keep watch over her, and dance. He should not just try to grab on to her and mate right away.

If your girls are older than the cockerel, and the cockerel still isn't fully matured, it's best for the older girls to beat him up. He will learn to respect them, and be a better rooster for it. Adult hens are great for keeping randy teenage boys inline.

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