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how do you know if rooster is fertilizing eggs?

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So i have eight chickens and one silkie rooster. He has one eye and is very timid and sweet. I see him mounting the smaller chickens (he is a bantam) but I don't see him doing it that often, he is only 9 or 10 months. I was wondering next time one of my bantam silkie girls goes broody (which basically happens after they lay ten eggs or so!) if i could let her sit on a couple or is the rooster probably not getting the job done smile. Also, does anyone know what it looks like when you mix a polish with a silkie? I have two polish girls and i would think that it would be a cute mix but maybe it isn't because you never see it? Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Well! If you have seen ICE AGE, Sid could be the result. Not a bad thing, he had a big heart.

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post #3 of 11
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ha i have not seen ice age! but if i have never really seen him fertilize the polish should i assume that he hasn't?

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I read that the hens can store the roosters semen for I think up to four or five days and fertilize the eggs she lays in those days

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I read that the hens can store the roosters semen for I think up to four or five days and fertilize the eggs she lays in those days


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Originally Posted by Smith farm 

I read that the hens can store the roosters semen for I think up to four or five days and fertilize the eggs she lays in those days


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LOL I know right thats what I thought too!!!

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post #7 of 11

I would bet the eggs are fertile! I would incubate them. I would assume he has known the Polish.

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post #8 of 11

You could crack open a few of the Polish's eggs and look for the bullseye?

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what is the bullseye? is that the little brown dot that is sometimes in eggs!?!? if so i had no idea!!! also, the polish eggs are bigger than the silkie's so is it okay to put them under her? i am guessing i have about a week before the silkie goes broody again... I mean she is literally like clockwork, i have a bantam aracauna that is broody right now but she has been broody for a few weeks so i figured you have to put the eggs under them early on when they go broody. i have never done this before, does the mama hen basically just take over or do i need to help her along in any way!?!?

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nevermind i just looked up the "bullseye" and cracked on of the silkie eggs and it's fertilized!! not going to check any others til i'm ready to make an omelette but i can't wait to see who is fertilized and who is not!!!

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