Breeding problems

rosaroca

Chirping
5 Years
Jun 21, 2015
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I’m trying to raise Lemon Blue bantam Cochins and having very little success. I started with a nice trio, managed to hatch a few chicks, then lost my adults to a coon who broke into the coop. My youngsters have been laying now for a few months. I’m TERRIBLE at incubating so have farmed out a few eggs to friends who haven’t hatched any (all candled clear after 4 weeks), so when I had two hens go broody I was thrilled. One sat for 4 weeks before abandoning the eggs. None hatched. The second hen has been sitting on a huge batch for a month now and still no chicks. What could be going on? I’m about to give up on them altogether.
 

nchls school

Crowing
6 Years
Apr 22, 2015
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Your rooster is probably at fault. If you have had no eggs develop he is sterile. Chickens should hatch in 21 day after incubation starts. Sometimes roosters have overgrown vent feathers or debris stuck to the vent preventing coupling.. Trimming and cleaning his vent might help.
 

rosaroca

Chirping
5 Years
Jun 21, 2015
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I’ll try cleaning and trimming his vent but can’t replace him at this time as I can’t find any breeders with LB Cochin bantams for sale is buy eggs but with my incubating record that would probably be fruitless.
 

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