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

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by michiele, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. michiele

    michiele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote: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.
     
  3. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. [​IMG] [​IMG] And then the chase is on. Especially when my hubby tells Owl "Go Get Some!" [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    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.
     
  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Quote:and most likely will be....


    just sayin'
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    And then remain fertile with those roosters goods for a reliable 2-3 weeks, and up to about a month or so with slowly declining fertility.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Daily at roughly 30 second intervals - [​IMG].
     
  8. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whenever the rooster decides she should be...
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    Actually, i have no idea.
     
  9. BirdMan32

    BirdMan32 Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  10. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    I don't think my pullets are aware there is a time limit or they would have already protested the multiple matings per day. [​IMG]
     

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