Do chickens have to have A rooster to stare laying?????????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kitten, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. kitten

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    [​IMG][​IMG] Do chickens need a rooster to start laying ??????????
     
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Nope they should start automatically. rooster are only there to make fertilized eggs.
     
  3. Buff Hooligans

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    The presence of a rooster does not dictate the sexual maturation schedule of a pullet.
     
  4. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

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    No, but some folks claim that the hens will start laying a bit sooner if there is a rooster around. They really only need the rooster to produce fertile (hatchable) eggs.

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  5. Buff Hooligans

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    No, if there's a rooster around, they start shortening their skirts and wearing mascara sooner.
     
  6. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
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    ... and eventually start bossing the rooster around. [​IMG]



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  7. Novaleigh

    Novaleigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know pullets lay eggs with or without a roo. But, wouldn't mating (having a roo around) jump start the laying process in the pullet? By getting the pullets body with the egg program, where it might otherwise have doddled around, waiting for eggs to form in her body at her leisure?
     

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