The average chicken hatches after 21 days of incubation, is old enough to be on it's
own (away from mama) at 2 months, reaches puberty (hens begin laying eggs, roos begin
mating hens) at 6 months old and have a life span of 6-
As a rule, young birds will be very energetic, playful and stupid. They haven't had
the life experiences to wise them up that old birds have had. Young birds are more
prone to dumb accidents because they are exploring the world. Young birds are also
more friendly towards humans because they haven't learned the hard way that most
Very old birds tend to be mellow and their life experiences have shown them to expect anything and take it in stride. Older birds may not always want to be picked up and handled, but they will come around and hang out with you and keep you company. The older hens tend to be the ones whom the other chickens look to for wisdom, watching how they react to new things.
In the middle are adult birds that are in their prime. How they react to you depends
greatly on how they were raised as chicks-
Do your hens need a rooster? Well, strictly speaking...no. Hens can get along perfectly fine without a rooster. Hens will lay eggs and even go broody (set on a clutch of eggs in an effort to hatch them) with or without a rooster. Roosters merely provide fertilization for eggs, which you have to have if you plan on hatching any chicks from your hens' eggs.
Roosters also provide an important part of the flock-
To Roo Or Not To Roo?
Chickens In A Nutshell
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