HELP PLEASE ! JUST COUGHT MY SILKIE ROO MATING MY SILKIE FRIZZLE WILL I GET EGGS ??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kays chicks, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HI , ive got a 22 week old roo who until today i havent seen mate any of the girls , he has mated a frizzle silkie who is 3-4 years old and ive only had her 4 weeks and hasnt layed any eggs with me yet , when i bought her the lady said she had been broody and had pulled out some of her feathers but they have grown back and she has joined my flock no problem .

    question is will i now see eggs from her now she has let my roo mate her ??
     
  2. KennebunkClutch

    KennebunkClutch New Egg

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    The website has been a great asset in getting myself prepared for chickens (coop finished and picked up 4 hens and a roo from Andy's Agway in Dayton). My wife asked for clarification on the same issue, having a hard time understanding what would take place.

    Simplest way to explain it is to compare the egg laying to human ovulation. The hens eggs will flow whether the hen are mating or not. Since chickens eggs incubate outside their bodies, fertilization by the rooster only effects whether the eggs COULD hatch, not if your hens will lay or not. There's no stopping you roo from mating with available hens (unless you physically separate). This one of those "birds and the bees." Our hens were brought home as 18 week pullets, and they started laying a few weeks later, even with the rooster doing his part. You hens should be fine. Hopefully you have more than one so the roo doesn't focus all of his "attention" on just her.
     
  3. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes i understand all that but she had stopped laying was broody and pulled her feathers out . she now is no longer broody her feathers have grown back and i wondered if she now would lay ? and as ive seen them ' at it ' if she did i know they prob will be fertile . she is a lot older than him and my other birds are younger so not quite ready to mate or lay so this part is all new . i went into this with buying day olds instead of p.o.l chickens
     
  4. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    did you say you were from the uk kennlebuckclutch gosh thats a mouth ful lol , im kay
     
  5. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    It's kind of late in the year, so it's hard to say whether your Silkie will start laying again soon or whether she'll wait until Spring. A lot of birds stop laying during the short days of winter and start again in the Spring (some people use a light in the coop to artificially extend the day length and keep the birds laying, some people disagree with that practice).[​IMG] But really, it doesn't matter to her whether she's mated or not when it comes to egg production - though, being constantly hassled by roosters can stress a hen so much she doesn't lay.[​IMG] Also, roosters are not gifted with some sense by which they can tell hens that are capable of laying - I've seen them try to mate other roosters, for Pete's sake!

    At 3-4 years old, your frizzled Silkie is a bit past her peak when it comes to egg production. At the most productive time of the year, she probably won't produce more than 3-4 eggs per week. Being a Silkie, though, she'll probably try to brood every egg she sees, so if you want chicks, she'll most likely be glad to raise them for you!
     
  6. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for this [​IMG] , to be honest i dont really care if ' ginger ' lays she is such a lovely frizzle nice quite nature so great for the chicks then and she sleeps with my 2 youngest wich are only 12 weeks so that probs says it all

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  7. kays chicks

    kays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UPDATE , had 3 eggs from ginger on 3 days running , not there at 7am today , then checked this afternoon and laid another egg [​IMG]
     

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