bringing in a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frankenchick, May 13, 2008.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    Will bringing a rooster into the yard inspire my 13-month-old hens to start laying regularly again?

    Some days it's 6 eggs, some days it's 2. This is not good when people love the eggs and want to buy them!

    If bringing in a roo helps, how does one do it? Should he be penned for his safety? My girls have daily stare-downs with our Bull Terrier over who gets to roll in the dirt baths, and they don't back down! Would having a penned roo do any good? What about quarantine?
  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I have 2 banty hens in with a banty roo, and a separate cage with 3 banty hens. Some days I get one egg, some days it's 5. Usually the hens in the cage by themselves lay more eggs than the two in with the rooster. Probably just depends on the hen.
  3. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    A rooster will not help them lay better, but if you add one, they will be fine. If you need more eggs, get more hens! he he

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