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I am new to the chicken world. I have raised my girls (and unexpected boy) from day old chicks. 3 RIR and 3 EE. They are now around 22 weeks old. My question is this: Will a rooster try to mate with one of his girls before they are ready, or is it only when he knows they are fertile or ready to lay?

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I have had chickens about 5 years now.  It seems like right around the time the girls are ready to start laying, a switch is flipped in the rooster.  Before that, he might offer a tidbit and look out for them, but the real interest started around egg time.  One of the girls even picked a rooster and started following him around and presenting herself to him.  

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Thank you!

I thought that might be the case. I have eagerly been awaiting my first chicken eggs! I asked because I also got two guinea keets. One of them is female and has already started laying! The rooster attempts to mate with her frequently but only today did I notice him trying to mate with one of my hens. Maybe I’ll get an egg tomorrow!
 
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Hope so! That first egg is always eggsciting😝
 
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