Do hens lay more eggs if there is a rooster around?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Jimmy, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Chicken Jimmy

    Chicken Jimmy New Egg

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    Do hens lay more eggs if there is a rooster around?[​IMG]
     
  2. DianeS

    DianeS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope. A rooster makes no difference at all in the frequency of egg laying. The hens will lay their eggs on their schedule regardless of whether a rooster, or other hens, or anything is there. The only difference he makes is if he's mating the hens then the eggs will be fertile, and if he's not mating the hens the eggs will not be fertile.
     
  3. Chicken Jimmy

    Chicken Jimmy New Egg

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    Thanks, that's what I thought. One of my dad's friends insists that his hens produce more eggs when a rooster is around.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Lots of old farmers' tales floating around. That one is not true, as the other poster said.
     

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