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Is doing 'deed' cruel?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wannahavehens, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. wannahavehens

    wannahavehens Chirping

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    I'm trying to decide whether to keep my Black Australorp rooster or not. He is a real beauty and I do notice some good reasons to keep him, but his doing the deed seems so cruel to the pullets. They really struggle and make a racket! The other girls come running to -help?- or see what is going on. Do they ever get used to it? Will they eventually not mind it? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm new to this - a real city girl...
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    They do get used to it, but they will always fluff up and shake themselves out when the roo is finished.
     
  3. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

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    Quote:Yep.
     
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

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    I seriously would not be too concearned. It's all normal and to mother nature's plan. They will be fine.
     
  5. wannahavehens

    wannahavehens Chirping

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    Thank you for your replies. I suppose you are right - I shouldn't be concerned. I just want to have happy girls.
     
  6. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    But remove him if the hens become wounded (cuts and blood). This can invite infection and weaken them. And then you can find yourself a roo who can behave better toward the hens while still achieving "the goal".
     
  7. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Songster

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    how often do they have to do the deed, and how many eggs are fertilized each time?

    Sorry for my ignorance on this, just new to the chicken side.
     
  8. roosmom

    roosmom Songster

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    About one third of my girls hide in the trees to avoid it [​IMG] .
    About one third " " " will submit QUIETLY [​IMG] .
    About one third " " " will scream their bloody heads off and run as fast they can [​IMG] .

    This about sums it up in my experience. [​IMG]
     
  9. arlee453

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    They 'mate' as many times as the rooster can manage it - some roosters will mate many, many times a day, others aren't quite as amorous.

    A hen can fertilize eggs several weeks (up to 3 or even 4 weeks, depending on the source you read) from just one mating.
     
  10. busybychoice

    busybychoice In the Brooder

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    I had to "take my roo for a walk" when I found some of my hens who had been buried in the dirt cause he was upset with them. Oh my gosh! They were afraid to get up from the hole they were buried in, and were badly beaten. I finally got a silkie roo and his bud a bantie with short man syndrome. I never notice "the deed" and my eggs are still coming out fertilized. My problem is the older bigger, bossier, nonproductive hens. oooo but when they lay the eggs are GI-NORMOUS and double yolkers! I must ponder, mmm:rolleyes:
     

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