Will your hens squat for you if you have a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Vermont Poultry, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. Vermont Poultry

    Vermont Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    My rooster constantly tries to mate with my 19 week old pullets and he has mounted them successfully on occasion, but usually they run away. I have had 3 pullets squat for me but they generally are quite startled. I have never seen them squat for him he just forces it on them, people say chickens wont squat for you if you have a rooster, but they sometimes do for me. They are not laying yet but are they close? And how close?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes they may squat for you even if there is a rooster in the flock. They just find you more attractive than the rooster. [​IMG]
     
  3. Vermont Poultry

    Vermont Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]Doubtful, he's a pretty rooster. Hopefully those squatting pullets get to laying! Probably any day now.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Is your 'rooster' also 19 weeks old?

    If so, then he's called a cockerel and will try to mount anything, ready or not......
    ....and 19 week old pullets are not likely ready to squat for mating/reproduction/egg laying as they are not yet sexually mature.

    Tho squatting is not always about sex, it's also about submission to a dominant flock member.
     

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