Rooster making hens slow down egg production?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MI-Homesteader, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. MI-Homesteader

    MI-Homesteader Just Hatched

    Jun 25, 2016
    Holly, Michigan
    I was talking with my neighbor today (who is very anti rooster) and he was telling me that my rooster will make my 17 layers slow down egg production. I have never heard this and was wondering if he is just trying to get me to get rid of my rooster....I own 10 acres in a very pro small farm community so there are no laws banning roosters so I dont plan on getting rid of him, he is a great rooster he treats the girls well and he is very nice toward my wife and I and our two young daughters (6 and 3) besides we are trying to become more self sufficient and plan on hatching our own chicks so that I dont have to pay $3 a bird anymore...... So what do you guys think? is he pulling my chain or not?
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    I don't know about you chain but he is definitely pulling your leg. When there is sufficient room hens look up their favorite roosters each and every day for a little X rated recreation.
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  3. MI-Homesteader

    MI-Homesteader Just Hatched

    Jun 25, 2016
    Holly, Michigan
    I've already seen that happen LOL, but my question is will the hens slow down egg production because there's a rooster there?
  4. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    If the rooster is stressing them out badly, yes they can decrease egg production.
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    In short, no. Not generally. If you didn't have enough hens for him to spread the lovin', then it could slow them down if they're stressed from over breeding. But with 17 hens, that should not be a problem.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    This can be true.....if cockbird is a really 'bad' bird....or young cockerel(s) can definitely put off the laying by stalking the nest boxes for some action.
  7. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    If your rooster is as good to his hens are you indicated Your neighbor is full poop, to put it nicely.
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    We tend to get so focused on eggs as a food source, we forget they are the bird's means of reproduction, first. It wouldn't make much sense for the hen's method of reproduction to shut down in the presence of a male. That would be one species that wouldn't be around very long [​IMG]

    Seriously, as stated above, an aggressive young cockerel in confinement with pullets can slow production. A bad rooster can also. I've had one memorable psycho stalker rooster in my 20+ years of chicken keeping who terrorized two specific hens. Other than him, all my roosters have been quite the gentlemen and most times I wouldn't know what to do if I got any more eggs.
  9. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    1. Any rooster who is at least 18 months old and is still acting like a 16 year old boy is a good candidate for the stew pot.

    2. Roosters are very much like men, meaning that with age comes wisdom.

    3. No self respecting rooster would chase down a hen just to mate with her when he can calmly walk up to them, cut his wing and mate with them all,

    4. Refer back to my second sentence.

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