What age could a chick be bred?

BackSwampGirl

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I have 3 silkies and they are 6weeks old.I know one is a hen and the other 2 seem to be Roos.But they are in same pen.And they act like they could be breeding.But not sure.
 

MissPrissy

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May 7, 2007
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The mating behavior that early is usually a sign of dominance and taking over the lead in the pecking order. LF roosters are often mating pullets as early as 3 months of age even though the pullets aren't ready for egg laying. At this point I wouldn't think much about the behavior.
 

JennsPeeps

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Jun 14, 2008
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BackSwampGirl - egglaying starts as early as 5 months, with silkies laying later. MP is right that this is a game of establishing dominance rather than breeding. Bona fide breeding won't be possible until there's an egg to be fertilized.
 

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