"There's no cock need for a hen to ovulate and thus lays. "
Black orpington cock
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" For each country his coq song : German : kikeriki Chineese : gue-gue ou gou-gou Danish : kykliky Spanish : quiquiriqui finlandais : kukkokeikuu French : cocorico Greek: kikiriki Gaelic: cuc-a-dudal-du Dutch: kukeleku Israelite: coucouricou Italian: chicchirichi Japanese: kou-kou-kou-kou Norwegian: kukkeliky Polish: kukuryky Portuguese: cocorococo Rumanian: cucurigu Russian: kou-ka-re-kou Serbian - Croatian: kukuriky Swedish: kuckeliku "
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Behavior of the cock: It protects the hens: The behavior of the cock in the adulthood is to be a defender. It will find something to eat for the hens and after it discover food will call the hens so that they come to feed. It will eat only when hens will be satisfied. The video at the right shows well the cock which call hen and which makes movements of head to indicate the place of its discovery. The hens, them, eat as long as they can. They needs to eat a lot for eggs production who requires an important contribution of food. A cock can go as far as giving its life to protect its hens. The cock sings for its territory: The cock sings to warn of its presence to protect its territory. It begins its singing exercises generally in the lights of dawn but it is necessary to pay attention not to place the henhouse near a road or under the lampposts of the city otherwise cars or light of street lightings will blackmail it at any hour in the night. Certain cocks also have problems with the full moon. The solution is to isolate the henhouse with a phonic insulating material and to take away it from light sources (see our page The law and the cock). All the cocks sing, certain races more than the others, we also breed some of them to make singing competitions. They fight to dominate: The henhouse has a well defined hierachy. The dominant will tend to sleep higher than the dominated. You can keep several cocks together if the ground is enought vast, if they were born and were together from their brith. Otherwise they will tend to fight. Some kind of breed more than the others but it remains valid in the general sense. From their 4 to 5 months they begin to test their domination. It can have grave consequences. It is not advised to have several cocks together for the reproduction. The cock which is going to try to fertilize a hen will immediately be affected by the other one. On the right video we can see young cockerels which already have a strong character.
Hatching hen: Her behavior distinguishes itself easily, it giggles a lot, stays on the nest and in tendency a lot to give knocks of beak to push away the other hens. Her physical temperature increases and it perspires. We can also notice that it spreads out on eggs much more than during a laying. The bath of dust: the hens roll itself in the dust by beating wings to get rid of parasites. We can arrange a tub full of sand to which we shall add wooden ashes and a little powder insecticide. The wooden ash helps in the destruction of the parasites as the insecticide. The laying(eggs): There is a pair of genitalia to the hen. The ovary and the left is the only one in function. It takes between 18 to 20 hours between the ovulation and the laying. The hen is going to be able to lay a number of eggs predefined (by stem cells implanted on the ovary). The hen does not lay in any circumstances. She is subjected to her hormones which are under the influence of various factors as the intensity and the daily duration of light in the day, the temperature and the state of stress or excitement or the type of food. A hen will begin to lay at about 6 months and will not lay every day. A good laying hen is going to lay up to 300 eggs a year. They are generally hybrid hens developped only to lay. After one year the layings decrease gradually until the sixth year when the number of eggs becomes very weak. The industrial breedings keep their hens one year only because it is the first year who is the best laying year. A stop of laying can be caused by the stress (lack of water, change of housing environment) or due to a strong hot season. The "mother hen": The hen leads its chicks but take care it will not take charge of the weakest. It's going to giggle in a particular way when it finds something to eat so that chicks will come. The hen will constantly giggle so that chicks keep a sound contact with her. A hen can hatch and raise youngs of the other races of hens but also eggs of the other sorts (as turkey, duck..). Some hens, not all, will accept that we give them 1 day chicks (sometimes more than 1 week chick). I transplant sometimes to a hen chicks of several weeks without any problems but it is due to the Orpington kind which I have and to the character of the hen. A hen could not accept the chicks and kill them or let them die due to the cold temperature.
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