When are pullets old enough to breed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Willowspirit, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Asking in advance!
     
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  2. Roo5

    Roo5 Songster

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    Usally when they have begun squatting, that generally means their ready to be bred,and that’s a hudred percent sign even given by the pullet.
     
  3. So when would that be in age and relative to laying?
     
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  4. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Crowing

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    Usually when they start laying eggs they're old enough to breed. Roughly around 16-18 weeks depending on what breed they are :)
     
  5. Roo5

    Roo5 Songster

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    4-6 months is typically when most begun squatting then aying
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    It's exactly relative to laying, once they start ovulating they are receptive to being mated.
    Not sure what you mean by 'breed' tho...sexual maturity or hatchable eggs?
     
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  7. You got it exactly! I mean breed to produce hatchable eggs.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    It's best to wait for a few months after they start laying before hatching pullet eggs.
     
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    sourland Broody Magician

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    This. Better to wait until the eggs have increased in size enough to adequately 'house' and provide nutrition for the developing embryo.
     
  10. Thank you!
     

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