Does a Roosters Presence Make a Hen lay Faster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by newbie32, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen comments on this site many times regarding this subject. It makes sense that the hens would lay at a younger age when there is a rooster around. Since the roosters mature faster, they want to mate sooner. So I think this might speed up the hens reproductive hormones into producing faster.

    Anyone care to share their thoughts on the subject? ALL opinions are welcome!

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  2. Wrooster

    Wrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not going to pretend I know the answer, but another way to look at it is stressed hens don't lay well and you wanna see stressed? It's whatever hen he has chosen for the moment.

    I bet it doesn't really matter.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Nope.

    He can pester her all he wants, it simply can't change how quickly her body matures and is ready to reproduce.
     
  4. Janet Pesaturo

    Janet Pesaturo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes I keep a rooster and sometimes I don't. The hens seem to come into lay around the same time, whether or not there is a rooster.
     

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