I have two 16ish week old Black Australorps who have recently been inducted into my Sicilian Buttercup's harem. The roo is 6 months old, I think he is going through this "teen years" because he is exceptionally motivated and mates with them several times a day. Does this change anything about their future egg laying prospects? Should I still expect eggs after 22 weeks?
Does mating encourage earlier egg laying?
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I wish it would. I have Roos trying to mate that are 3 to 4 months old with same age hens and no early egg layers.
So the answer is no.
I have Bantam welsummers, Bantam Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Wc black polish, Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish, Sumatras, d'anvers Wild type turkeys RioxEastern, Ringneck pheasants blacks and 1 blue roo and bunch of free range birds
- Intentional Solitude
It's always best not to try to rush sexual maturity anyway. Better for their health in the long run.