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My little d'uccle roo loves his big girls.  Only the orp is one I'd consider "big"...the GLW and barred rock are somewhat smallish, but still at least 2x his size.  I've not seen any fertilized eggs, although they squat for him frequently hu  Things just don't line up right...

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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yuckyuck

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x2 My Old English Game Bantam rooster absolutely looooved my 2 Buff Orp hens (they were his favorites),  but the fertility wasn't very good in those eggs. A couple of the bantam hens sat on about 6 of the Orp eggs, and none hatched. I've cracked some that have been fertile in the past, though, so the rooster CAN fertilize the eggs, just not reliably. My Buff girls are with a standard sized rooster now, so any eggs I get from them in the future should be fertile.


Thanks it might depend on the size of the breeds I guess. Buffs are very large. I don't know what breeds I have yet or if I have roosters so I guess time will tell.


It was very funny when I first got my tiny OEGB rooster. He would catch one of the Buffs and then just stand up on her back looking all confused. He finally got a technique figured out, but apparently, it still needs some improvement. lol!


yuckyuck

post #14 of 31

I have some st. run silkies and mille fluer d'uccles. I plan on keeping 1 or 2  of the cocks to hang with my polish, brahma, leghorn, and ameraucana pullets... I have no idea what will happen. I am really interested to know what a silky/d'uccle cross would look like. Might be a really cool bird! I'd appreciate any input or guesses as to what will happen.

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I should know in a couple of weeks my white plymouth rock is sitting on eggs laid by a variety of hens and the only rooster is my Black Silkie. He is almost the same size as my Rhode Island Red so there might be a possibility there. jumpy.gif

post #16 of 31

My silkie fertilized the eggs of my standard hens. So yes.

2 cats, 1 dog, 5 black sex links, 2 reds, 1 speckled sussex, and 5 silkies, 2 plymouth barred rocks, 2 buff orpingtons, 2 austalorps, 1 deleware, 2 EE's, 3 Mutts, 2 mixed roos, 2 golden laced,2 silver laced, and 2 blue cochins and 15 betta fish (so far), 1 little sister.

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2 cats, 1 dog, 5 black sex links, 2 reds, 1 speckled sussex, and 5 silkies, 2 plymouth barred rocks, 2 buff orpingtons, 2 austalorps, 1 deleware, 2 EE's, 3 Mutts, 2 mixed roos, 2 golden laced,2 silver laced, and 2 blue cochins and 15 betta fish (so far), 1 little sister.

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My silkie fertilized the eggs of my standard hens. So yes.



That's encouraging it might be interesting to see what Silkie cross barred rock or rhode island red or jersey giant or white rock might look like. LOL

post #18 of 31
So we have a tiny rooster- not quite sure the breed, but quite handsome- and I'm curious how you "see" a fertilized egg?? How will I know if he's getting things "lined up right"?? My partner is adamant about not eating fertilized eggs so I wanted to help honor her wishes- I'm just not sure how to tell... I don't think he could make it work, but who knows!!!

Blacksmithin, Film Makin, Graphic Design, Craftin, Scootin, Lovin, Picklin Fool of a wife.
And real **** happy about it.
Currently have one barred rock hen, one half blind barred rock, and one crested polish hen, a nurologically damaged cat and a old cocker-shepard mix.
We're normally unnormal.

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Blacksmithin, Film Makin, Graphic Design, Craftin, Scootin, Lovin, Picklin Fool of a wife.
And real **** happy about it.
Currently have one barred rock hen, one half blind barred rock, and one crested polish hen, a nurologically damaged cat and a old cocker-shepard mix.
We're normally unnormal.

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I forgot to get back here with the happy news my Black Silkie Rooster bred one of my Barred Plymouth Rocks and the resulting chicken has mixed traits from both parents. It has the barred grey and white feathers and the grey/green legs, extra toe and feather legs of the Black silkie. The egg was hatched by a White Plymouth Rock and once she went back to sleeping in the rafter, her favourite place, the rooster took over parenting duties. The chick sleeps cuddled up next to dad and dad hunts all day for treats for the little guy. 

 

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post #20 of 31

how cute -love the pics thinking of getting a bantam rooster for my flock

I've been blessed with 3 old dogs, 9 new chickens and one very tolerate husband.

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I've been blessed with 3 old dogs, 9 new chickens and one very tolerate husband.

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