How old is your rooster and how old are your hens?
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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.
Okay, I'll try that in January. Hopefully I'll start seeing fertile eggs by the beginning of Feb.
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.
And I thought we were freezing here!
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!!!!
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. :/