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

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    No, a roo won't encourage them to lay!! [​IMG]
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    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

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    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

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    You just need to wait for them to mature. A rooster does not cause hens to lay.
     

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