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rooster behavior and egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SSAcres, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. SSAcres

    SSAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our egg production has taken a dump and we're trying to figure out why.
    How much affect does the rooster have on laying hens?
    They'll be a year old next month and are light brahmas if that helps.
    Thanks!!
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    A rooster has no effect on laying hens, unless he stresses them out by overmating.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Unless multiple roosters are gang breeding the hens or a rooster is overly zealous or rough (more of an impact in a small flock) , a rooster generally does not impede egg production. This time of year molting, decreasing day length, stress from summer heat, or just time for a 'break' can result in decreased egg production.
     
  4. SSAcres

    SSAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks guys. 1 rooster to 25 ladies but only 9 are his age, the other are younger pullets he's showing no interest in, despite them squatting in front of him. Little hussies.
     

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