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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 Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    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.

  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    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 Songster

    May 19, 2011
    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. [​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

    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

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Daily at roughly 30 second intervals - [​IMG].

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

    BirdMan32 In the Brooder

    Dec 25, 2011
    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

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    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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