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Does anyone have any idea of how to get my chickens in the mood for breeding? Heat lamps? Candle light dinners? I want them to breed so I can have fertile eggs for a Valentine's Day hatch.

How old is your rooster and how old are your hens?

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A Winter Broody!

 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder....Set up a little pen for him where the hens can see him and keep them separate from them for a week. Then let him in with the girls. He should start breeding them within a couple of weeks. If not, then separate for a couple of days and then back in for a couple of days until the eggs go fertile.

 

:fl 


​Okay, I'll try that in January. Hopefully I'll start seeing fertile eggs by the beginning of Feb.

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How old is your rooster and how old are your hens?


​They are a range of ages from about 8 to 11months old. The rooster is about 11 months old. They are all laying, but that may change soon with the colder weather.

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Candle went well last night, only 2 possible duds. Probably infertile.... And I have Silkie chicks due to hatch Christmas eve!
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​They are a range of ages from about 8 to 11months old. The rooster is about 11 months old. They are all laying, but that may change soon with the colder weather.

Likely just a matter of time. It's not cold that affects laying, it's the shorter days. The solstice is in just a few more days, and then days will start to get longer. With the longer days comes increased egg production and better fertility for the roosters.

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"Speckled Beaters" hmmm. Sadly, most of my chickens only get one name - and a few I can't tell apart are just the "Littles" even though some of them are much bigger than the "Big girls" - it's all as logical as chicken math.

 

 

Willie Shelton!  :lol:

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    And I thought we were freezing here!   :D

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Does anyone have any idea of how to get my chickens in the mood for breeding? Heat lamps? Candle light dinners? I want them to breed so I can have fertile eggs for a Valentine's Day hatch.



My roosters are ready all the time in fact i think they wait until i come into the coup so they can do it right in front of me!!!!
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Does anyone have any idea of how to get my chickens in the mood for breeding? Heat lamps? Candle light dinners? I want them to breed so I can have fertile eggs for a Valentine's Day hatch.

 

  Hmmm....         

 

  Anyone?

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I have a couple of those silkie eggs pipped.  I could hear a silkie screaming all night..thought for sure I would see a huge pip, but no, couldn't see one.  I hope that pip isn't on the bottom and it can't zip.    :/   

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