So many behaviors

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wayne Melissa, May 31, 2017.

  1. Wayne Melissa

    Wayne Melissa New Egg

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    So I have tried to determine which of my chickens are ladies. So many of them square off, but then I read that is common for hens too. It says hens get submissive and lay down when u pet them, but my favorite one does this, and I am almost certain he's a rooster. Only one has started to crow. I am curious because they run my yard all day and I am sure I will need to start looking for eggs like it's easter. They have a house and they go there at night but how are they going to decide to lay in the nests?
     
  2. Mace Gill

    Mace Gill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you really think they are ready to lay, place a fake egg in the nesting box
     
  3. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Melissa, just because they get older and mature, does not mean they will just submit to the cockerels, unless the cockerels were already above them. I have a RIR rooster at the very end of my pullets order, and he had to fight hard to get where he got.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Are we talking about chicks? If so, how old are they? There are often outward signs that a chick is a cockerel as early as five or six weeks. By age ten weeks, a cockerel is often already starting to get saddle and sickle feathers so you should know which are which by this time.

    If your pullets are sleeping in a coop and there are nest boxes installed, they should find them when they are ready to start laying.
     

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