Does having a rooster induce broodiness?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fowltemptress, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    This is a question more out of idle curiosity than anything else, but does having a rooster around encourage broodiness in hens more than if he wasn't there? I know that with parrots, a lot of times petting them a certain way will trigger something in them that makes them start laying. When my parrot, after 16 years of no eggs, started laying, I was at a loss as to why until I noticed how my SO pets her, like he's stroking a cat. I taught him to just scratch her head, and I no longer have problems with her laying eggs. Clearly domestic chickens don't require anything to stimulate egg production, but I was wondering if the act of mating may trigger something in some chickens' minds to make them more likely to go broody?
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Not that I've ever heard of.

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