winter rest for hens

kingsfarm

Songster
8 Years
Feb 25, 2011
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want to give hens a rest....now Jan. is a good time to put the roosters in a seperate pen ... does else do this? I am not interested in hatching eggs right now and you don't need a rooster for eggs....does this sound like an ok thing to do? Just wondering I read a lot about putting a light in the coop but nothing about giving them a rest...what do you think? We have 4 roosters and 36 hens...
 

nurse_turtle

Songster
8 Years
May 28, 2011
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Foothills of NC
I don't necessarily give them a rest, but I don't add supplemental lighting to encourage egg laying either. Some of the girls lay a few here and there and some don't. I just let them do their thing.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
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Yep, I don't give my hens a break from the roosters. The roosters I have/had aren't all that ut-hum "active" in the wintetime anyhow. My girls do get a break from the biggest stress to their bodies - egglaying - because I don't force production with the additon of artifical lighting.
 

clairabean

Songster
9 Years
Nov 7, 2010
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I have never heard of that, unless there was a health reason.....
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debid

Free Ranging
10 Years
Jan 20, 2011
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middle TN
Do your hens have bare spots from too much attention? Are the roosters rough with the hens? Those are the only reasons I can think of to separate the males.
 

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