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7 week old Lavender Araucana Roo is Fertile!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pheobe_nz, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Pheobe_nz

    Pheobe_nz Out Of The Brooder

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    Im new to chickens
    and had my first hatch 7 weeks ago
    I hatched eggs I brought using my broody bantam
    She still has 1 chick with her is is a rooster as I sold his mates already
    But I have noticed my bantams eggs are showing the fertile sign on the yolk.
    So hes obviously mating her
    Im just really suprised as I thought they were fertile later than that
    Im hopeing to rehome the rooster soon
    Prob is she is very attached to him and tried to move them with my other hens but the rooster chick got agro attacking everyone so I seperated him out and she cried for him for hours so put them back together again . I cant keep roosters as im in town and she is so maternal over the roo has she decided hes her mate? if she decides to go broody I will let her sit on them sice they are fertile and maybe that will distract her, then I will keep a hen baby for her but so far no interest

    Anyone else noticed this before the attachment to a roo chick and a roo chick being fertile so young?
    Thanks
    Natasha
     
  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how long ago did you sell her mate...?
     
  3. Pheobe_nz

    Pheobe_nz Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry I never had her with a roo
    I brought fertile eggs
    The 7 week old baby roo chick is the only male she has been near
     
  4. Pheobe_nz

    Pheobe_nz Out Of The Brooder

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    I saw the roo mating her today and he is only 7 weeks
    So I guess that answers my question
    they can mate this early and he is fertile

    Wish more people would reply to my posts when I ask for advice
     
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I am really not sure that is possibly I think you might be thinking that the eggs are fertile when they are not I have done that before. He really cannot be sexually mature at 7 weeks.

    Henry
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    He may do the mating act. I've had youngsters about that age do that, however, they cannot be fertile at 7 weeks old. I think you are mistaking the white spot to mean fertility perhaps? It would have a white ring around it if they were fertile. There is a thread that shows the difference between fertile and infertile. If they really are fertile, then some other rooster is doing the fertilizing.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008
     
  7. Pheobe_nz

    Pheobe_nz Out Of The Brooder

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    It would have a white ring around it if they were fertile

    Thanks for the link
    I had used it already thats why I posted as I was very suprised
    The eggs I have had from this hen are like the second pic
    with the ring and spot
    I do not have any other roosters and I have had her 4 months so wont be retained sperm
    I will try and get a pic when I use an egg next
    My camera doesnt always get the best pics as only 4 megapixles but I will try
    Thanks
     
  8. smk2010

    smk2010 Out Of The Brooder

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    Cynthia, Thank you for the post with the link for the fertile eggs. I was wondering what they looked like. Now I know for sure my chicken eggs are fertile!

    Sharon
     
  9. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you going to put them in the incubator?
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sometimes, an infertile egg will have a shadow around the blastodisc and make the ID a tad more iffy, so not all are 100% easy to tell. That'd be one for the record books if a 7 week old rooster was really fertile, though!
     

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