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I've found on average my roosters are good through the 4th year. I feed an all-in-one type feed of 19 or 20% protein, oyster shell and eggshells on the side. 

 

after that, fertility seems to decrease and so does the mating drive. I run a multi-generational flock, so it's about that age a young cockerel seems to "de-throne" the older bird and take over. A male kept with no younger males for competition may last longer, this is just my experience. Since I often mate daughters back to father, 4 years is about when I'm ready to cycle through a new male anyway. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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