Mating but no eggs yet?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Farm Chic, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Farm Chic

    Farm Chic Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an old english bantam rooster who has mated with my old english hen and 2 of my dorkings. I don't have any eggs yet. should I be concerned? is this normal? they are about 4 1/2 - 5 months old. the hens are a little red in the face.
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Mating has nothing at all to do with egg laying.

    Having NEVER been penned with a rooster the hens will still lay eggs.

    The average age is 18 - 24 weeks for pullets to begin laying. Remember this is an average time not one written in stone. some hens can be much older before they ever lay an egg. I have had some go 32+ weeks before the first egg was laid.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I've even had seven week old cockerels do a pretty good imitation of mating the little pullets, who scream bloody murder, LOL. Eggs are WAY off at seven weeks old.
     
  4. Farm Chic

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    I should have expected that answer. I know that you don't need a rooster to lay an egg. what I was wanting to know was if the timing between the rooster that wants to mate meant that the hen must be ready to lay her eggs?
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No. A rooster will want to mate simply because she is female.
     
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Don't say it, don't say it, don't say it.... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Trying not to say anything of a derogatory nature about the males of any species [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    The average is 18-24 weeks of age, the rooster has no bearing on egg production at all.
     
  8. Farm Chic

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    thanks, gotta love the male species
     

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