four months old cockeral with XC hens and when do hen needs calicum

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chick_magnet, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. chick_magnet

    chick_magnet Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2010
    I have two question. the other day I saw my four months old black sex link jump on top of my XC hen. He pecked her comb for about 5 seconds. Then he jumped off and the hen chased him around. What does that mean? Also i have black sex link and RIR hens that are four months old also, will they lay this year if so should i give them calcium or they laying egg period is over for this year? I live in Southwest tennessee
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    They will lay in the next couple months. Chickens will lay through the winter. It doesn't hurt to have free-choice oyster shell available at all times. You should also change their food over to layer pellets. Your roos behavior sounds like mating behavior.

    Good luck.

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