Rooster having his way with pullets

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alaskachick, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Songster

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    My hens are about 22 weeks old. None are laying yet. They are Light Brahmas so typically lay late. My question is that my rooster who is 2 weeks older has just started to mate with them. They are very submissive, just lay there still with no squawking. My Buff Orps squawk in terror when the roo mounts them. Is it okay for the hen to be mated before they can even lay eggs?
     
  2. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Songster

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    I sure hope so because the same thing is happening with mine.
     
  3. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

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    yes, that is perfectly fine...when they do start laying their eggs will be fertilized.
     
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

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    No need to worry....all normal.

    Don't use the eggs from young hens for hatching, though, wait until the hens are fully mature for this purpose. Eggs form new layers are often very small, very large, no or two yolks etc.

    Sandie
     
  5. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

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    Yes it is fine. I wanted to add...my light brahmas started laying at 4 months. Earlier than any chicken I have. My BO's were 5 months. Just like humans, each one is unique.
     

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