Young floc k4-7 months will having a roo encourage them to lay?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by abhaya, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I a new to chicken raising I have a young flock they range 4-7 months old I also Have a few chicks. Will Having A Roo encourage them to lay or do I just need to wait for the days to start getting longer. I know they are young but should start laying around this age the 7 month old ones. They are on layer food and free range.
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    No, a roo won't encourage them to lay!! [​IMG]
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    A rooster doesn't have anything to do with egg laying.

    You state they free range, I'll bet they're laying and your need to go on an egg hunt! Look under/behind/in any place they could fit, chickens usually like a small, enclosed area to lay, or in a large clump of grass, etc. Somewhere they feel protected. I'm thinking you'll find a nice full nest or two.
  4. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    Not sure how old your BSLs are, but if they're the ones who are around 7 months, I'm sure you've got some hidden nests! BSLs are known to start laying a bit earlier than other breeds. Check the underbrush around your house. You might find a nice little surprise!
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    You just need to wait for them to mature. A rooster does not cause hens to lay.

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