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Can three month old roostersfertilize eggs?

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I have my new five month old OEGB banty's, who squat for their little rooster. They have been doing that since I got them. Also, during the day they sing their egg song out in the woods. They haven't laid an egg in the nest boxes yet. So either they aren't laying yet, or they are laying them in the woods. But do they let the rooster do his thing if they aren't laying yet?

 

Anyway, I have about a three month old rooster. He doesn't crow, but his comb is really red. He is barn yard mix. He tries to mate everything, and last night my little spangled OEGB let him. So If she is laying eggs, would a rooster that young be able to fertilize her eggs?

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Yes it is possible, but not as likely as when he is a little older.  Inspect the egg yolks for a target spot to see if he is being successful.  Here is an excellent thread by SpeckledHen on checking fertility:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Thank you. I will check out that link. Now I just need to find their eggs so I can check them!
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