Egg laying question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by czwally, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. czwally

    czwally New Egg

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    Hi everyone. This is a newbie question. We have 5 production reds and 7 rsl all purchased mid March. The one rooster of the group is topping the rsl's but not the production reds. I noticed this happening July 2nd. My question is: Are the rsl pullets ready to lay now or is this just a young rooster practicing his duties? Thanks.

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    Last edited: Jul 9, 2010
  2. SAORSA

    SAORSA Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My boys seem to mate with the lower hens first. The hens that are more dominate will usually take longer to accept the rooster. Just my on personal observation.[​IMG] Or yours could be ready to lay. Sometimes a question is hard to give a definate answer.
     
  4. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your girls should start to lay around mid August. Give or take two weeks ether way.
     
  5. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
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    Hi, I am new at this too. I have 12 10 week olds, 6 RIR and 6 Buff O's. My one rooster is a RIR. Of course he isn't old enough yet to start 'doing his thing', but I have wondered if he would have a preference for the hens that are the same breed as he is or if he would just 'hop on' whoever happened by! [​IMG] They were supposed to all be hens but he was missed somehow. Now I am glad because I do want to have some babies...but not if I have to do all the work! [​IMG] So far Rudy Roo has not started crowing or showing any real 'rooster behavior' other than being a little bossy now and then. I know yours are older than mine (I got mine 4-22 at 3 days old), has he started crowing, bossing the ladies around, protecting or herding them? Also, I don't know that just because your roo is acting like he's old enough to breed that it means your hens are ready to lay. I know...I am just raising more questions and giving no answers. So, I guess time will tell!
     
  6. czwally

    czwally New Egg

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    1st egg 07/05/10

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  7. SAORSA

    SAORSA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a beautiful egg ! [​IMG]
     
  8. czwally

    czwally New Egg

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    Egg came from 16 week old rsl. Have now collected a total of 5 eggs since Sunday 07-04. We have 7 rsl hens all the same age so some are not laying yet, but hope it won't be long.
     
  9. newTexan2chickens

    newTexan2chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dang you are one lucky chicken owner! I hope mine start soon.... but then I would have 14 laying and my DH says my obsession will be filling up the fridge fast! He keeps making comments about my out of control garden.... 5 cucumber plants and I am picking about 1 bushel every 3 days or so!
     

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