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Retiree2013

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Have a question.. Probably answered else wheres, but. My birds are 19+- weeks old. My Sussex rooster has started crowing and mounting at least a couple of the hens
. Does this mean they , should start laying? OR? Have not seen any eggs yet. He started crowing about 4 days ago and doing his dance and mounting today.
 

LadiesAndJane

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Have a question.. Probably answered else wheres, but. My birds are 19+- weeks old. My Sussex rooster has started crowing and mounting at least a couple of the hens
. Does this mean they , should start laying? OR? Have not seen any eggs yet. He started crowing about 4 days ago and doing his dance and mounting today.
Not necessarily. The boys mature faster then the girls. They may not be welcoming his advances at this age. 😊
Signs to look out for in the girls are squatting and reddening of thier combs and wattles.
 

Callender Girl

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X2. My roo, Sir Henry the Loud, will and always has mounted Any Hen of Any Age (which is why he spends a lot of time in rooster prison, fenced in while everyone else is free ranging). Even through the fence, he does his best dance for the ladies. They don't care.
 

aart

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Have a question.. Probably answered else wheres, but. My birds are 19+- weeks old. My Sussex rooster has started crowing and mounting at least a couple of the hens
. Does this mean they , should start laying? OR? Have not seen any eggs yet. He started crowing about 4 days ago and doing his dance and mounting today.
Am surprised he hasn't been crowing and mounting for a month or so already.
A rare cockerel will wait until the girls are close to laying.
Here's some tips about how to tell.....
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/who-is-laying-and-who-is-not-butt-check.73309/
 

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