Three freeloading hens and an impotent rooser, waddya do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joebryant, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I have four chickens that hatched 24 weeks ago when I personally incubated them. The hens have not laid an egg and the rooster has not mated with any of them. What's the maximum you'd wait before you started collecting fried-chicken recipes?
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  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't believe that rooster isn't going to town already
     
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  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I think you will not see eggs from them before 27 - 30 weeks. Until they get to that age the rooster won't be paying much attn to them either. Some roosters are not as aggressive as others and won't mate any hen because she is there. Some do know to wait util they get a hormonal signal from the hens that they are maturing to POL.

    Patience, Grasshopper.

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    Red will not mate an inmature pullet in his pen. I had a splash hen get out of her pen and into his. She is about 2 months younger than the hens he has in his harem. He mated the other females but would have nothing to do with her. Mosby, on the hand, that boy needs lessons in smooth operating and slick moves. He is aggressive and overly robust in his affections.
     
  4. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
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    My giant cochins are 25 weeks and so far nothing. The cockerels in there could care less. They don't even fight. ( I have 4 cockerels in the same coop) The othrs are just atarting but I am not getting pullet eggs everyday. Patience.
     
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    ya,,,, blame the GIRLS!!!!! ,, my big RIR roo wont mate with a youngin either, i just put 2 hens in with him, 1 laying,1 not,, and he WONT touch the young 1 at all, cept to move her out of his way [​IMG]
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Send me those 2 black hens and I'll send you 2 blue hens and a Splash.
     
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Sure, I'll trade you if your blue ones have the checkered pattern like this one, but I don't want the splash.
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  8. chickensandmore

    chickensandmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They sure are a nice looking couple..what breed are they ( I'm still learning)

    Don [​IMG]
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My blues are dark blue and most with great lacing. My splash roos are running neck and neck on looks with Mosby. I have to look over my shoulder to make sure Mosby doesn't see this but - I have some splash roosters that put him to shame. Splash roo and those 2 black hens of yours = ALL blue hatches. [​IMG]
     
  10. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
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    My Australorp is 27 weeks old and FINALLY showing signs she will be laying soon. Red face, comb and wattles.. and showing interest in the nesting box.

    Hang in there Joe... they will lay soon.
     

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