How often is a hen receptive to the rooster each month?

michiele

Songster
8 Years
Jun 29, 2011
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Broken Arrow, OK
All of our chickens are pullets (7-10 months old). We have 6 hens and 1 rooster. As the hens get to laying age, I see them squatting. I read this means they are receptive to the rooster. Once a hen starts laying, is she receptive all month long or just certain times of the month? It seems that mine will do their squatting for a couple of weeks but then stop... I also noticed that one of mine stopped laying and also stopped squatting.
 

centrarchid

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Sep 19, 2009
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Receptive daily and often multiple times within a day. My hens belonging to harems typically are covered immediately after producing each egg. Hens will also submit to more than one rooster during day, especially if males are mature cocks. If a rooster is particularly randy, then hen may be covered by him multiple times during course of day.
 

Mommy 2 Wee Ones

Songster
8 Years
May 19, 2011
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North Texas
My roo is a equal opportunity lover. He will grab what ever hen is close by, and give her love, whether she wants it or no. I have 14 hens & 1 roo, and some of my BO's will squat, my BR, EE & Light Brahma's run for the hills when Owl comes a callin.
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And then the chase is on. Especially when my hubby tells Owl "Go Get Some!"
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gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
Yah, there is no "season" in which to plan controlled insemination, like studding out mammals. Once a pullet matures enough to lay, whether she presents herself in a receptive squat or not, her eggs can be fertilized by any mature rooster's efforts.
 

BirdMan32

Chirping
Dec 25, 2011
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Arizona
Yep, we have a rooster who is very protective and assertive to his 10 girls. He will mate several times a day sometimes 2 or 3 times with the same hen/pullet.

Sheesh.....this guy.
 

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