Question about sexual maturity

Mkostos

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
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I have 5 chickens since they were hatched and are now 15 weeks old. I was given an Easter Egger roo by accident when I ordered all females. Today the roo was on top my barred rock and it was pretty clear he was mating. She wasn't happy either.

Does this mean she is ready to lay?
 

lightchick

Crowing
6 Years
Apr 3, 2014
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Minnesota
No, it means the rooster is old enough to mate. Pullets don't usually start laying until they are anywhere from 16 to 21 weeks. Sometimes later. It's unlikely for pullets to start 16 weeks, but it happens. It CAN happen at 15 weeks, but very rarely.
 

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