I just purchased a Splash Ameraucana Rooster for my girls. He's just coming on 5 months old and already "trying" to breed but the older hens don't normally allow him to mount. I am experienced with AI for horses, pigs, and cows so figure why not chickens. From what I have researched on here it seems like it isn't extraordinarily difficult. And might even help me keep more of the girls in my big coop and let the boys free range all day (they all get along).
That being said, if I were to start "collecting" him, should he be fertile at this age?
Also, I have heard different things used for the insemination i.e. pipettes / glass eye droppers. What is the easiest to manage? I'll be by myself for the most part.
I would prefer to inseminate two females per day (or more if it is possible)...I'm just not sure how plausible that is. What is the average number of hens that can be inseminated per collection?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated :D
2 Australian Shepherds, 8 horses, and currently suffering from the effects of chicken math with >30 chickens and climbing. Especially fond of Silver Penciled Rocks and Cochins but have some polish in the grow up pen along with some Easter Eggers.