My roos have started... ya know

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crayon, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. crayon

    crayon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hillman Michigan
    Mounting the ladies! Of course the ladies are not happy- but this has been going on for a few days (more frequently). So, should I be looking for some eggs any day now? Is this typical behavior right before they start laying?
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Quote:I've noticed the young boys don't seem to ever catch the poor pullets for that, despite all sneaky and just plain mean efforts, till around 2 weeks before they're ready to lay. The youngsters will basically go for anything, but just won't be able to do it till the girls quit screaming and running 30 mph.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yup, eggs will be soon. If they are mature enough for mating, they are mature enough for laying.
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    It seems the cockerels are interested in mating quite a few weeks before the pullets are ready to lay. But when I notice the pullets aren't protesting as much, become more agreeable to the idea and will even squat before the young roos, then I begin looking for them to lay. Their combs become more red then, and often they'll squat before you when you approach them from behind or stroke their backs.

    Start collecting good egg recipes anyway, it'll be soon enough!
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I've found that often the roos are ready to mate before the pullets are ready. And they chase them around and really annoy them to no end, even before the pullets begin squatting, which is the submissive pose for mating and an indication that they're mature and getting ready to lay eggs.

    So I would say, the roos mating doesn't really means the hens are ready to lay yet. Once the girls start squatting, and their combs look nice and red, then they'll be laying real soon.

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