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What age could a chick be bred?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BackSwampGirl, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. BackSwampGirl

    BackSwampGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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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.
     
  3. BackSwampGirl

    BackSwampGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your help,Miss Prissy.That must be the deal then ,but I know it won`t be too long. Thanks,Sandra
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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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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