I currently have 6 hens that I have raised & are now all laying. I do not have any roosters, but there are a few on the next farm over from me that my girls can hear crowing. Recently, I have noticed that when I walk into ther coop, 2 of them will posture (squat down, wings lifted a bit & tail lifted) like they are awaiting the rooster to breed them. My question is, when they posture this way is it of any benefit to pet them (along their back/head/tail) during this posturing?? I mean, will it stimulate more egg production if I pet them than if they are not petted during the posturing? They all allow me to pet them normally when in the coop as they were hand raised. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!!