rooster behavior and egg laying

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

  1. SSAcres

    SSAcres Chirping

    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.
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    A rooster has no effect on laying hens, unless he stresses them out by overmating.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    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 Chirping

    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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