How can I tell my chicken are ready to lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davenportfamily, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. davenportfamily

    davenportfamily New Egg

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    I have 8 girls and new to this so how can I tell id they are getting close to laying or now they are about 7 months old also our rooster ha start to be mean to the girls and he been with them since birth why would he start acting like that thanks
     
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    Pullets close to laying will start squatting when you go near them. They'll have red waddles and a red comb, both will be pretty big too. Your rooster is growing up where he'll start mating because he's reaching sexual maturity, it's perfectly natural so have no worries. A lot of people will add a rooster after their chickens start laying so just make sure your pullets can have a break from him if he gets to aggressive towards your girls.
     

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