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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

    Aug 16, 2013
    Low Desert, CA
    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!

  2. Wrooster

    Wrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2013
    Northern Florida
    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

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    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

    Sep 30, 2013
    Bolton, MA, USA
    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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