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Banty rooster not mating?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jshanep88, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. jshanep88

    jshanep88 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Banty rooster that I keep in a pin with 2 Banty hens, 1 silkie hen, and and normal hen that's kind of small. He won't seem to mate them. Idk why! I have a normal rooster and two hens that free roam around my yard he does his job but I want my Banty to do his thing. I was wondering if I put him in his own pin and put a hen in there one at a time if he would do anything. [​IMG]
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    :welcome!

    Have you checked the eggs and know they're not fertile or have you just not seen him mating with them? Some roosters are really good at not mating when a human is around, but that doesn't mean they're not doing it.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Unless you're watching 24/7, you're probably just not seeing it. As Pyxis said, some roosters just don't mate when a human is around.
     
  4. jshanep88

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    Oh ok I got you. My hens lay eggs but don't sit on them yet so idk how to check the fertility
     
  5. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Crack one open. In infertile eggs you will see a small white spot on the yolk called a blastodisc. If they're fertile the blastodisc will have become a blastoderm and will look like a small white bullseye.
     
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  6. jshanep88

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    Oh ok that's interesting. Will have to look. I guess I ask because my big rooster he no problem doing his thing when anyone is around so I figured they were all the same way
     

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