What do hens look for in mates?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by QuackerzzMB, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. QuackerzzMB

    QuackerzzMB New Egg

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    I was reading an article that says hens will reject the sperm of roosters that they don't find attractive. But in a coop situation they don't always have a choice. We selectively breed chickens for traits that we desire. I'm curious if hens were able choose a mate what traits would they be looking for?
     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    One of the primary attractants to a female is the position of the male within the flock if more than one male is present - -meaning that the dominant male is seen as the most desirable.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    In my flock, it seems to be the male who finds the food, who alerts for predators or changes, and courts the ladies. They don't care about color, size, etc. It's all about behavior.
     

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