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celibate rooster fix

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Joliet, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Joliet

    Joliet In the Brooder

    Oct 15, 2013
    So I bought a pair of chickens and hatched a couple of chicks from them when all of a sudden none of my eggs were fertile. The only change was that I had added several more hens. My little roo seemed to have lost interest in the ladies completely. He also seemed to lose all the qualities you keep a rooster for. A hawk attacked and I was alerted by one of my hens while I found the little roo cowering on my porch. He even traded his crow for the egg laying song. So I wondered what I could do. Then I thought about male behavior since I'm new to chickens. Aha I knew what he needed. Some competition! Nothing gets the testosterone stirring like some competition. I asked a friend if I could borrow her roo for a day or two. She said sure...if I could catch him. I brought him home and as soon as I let him out the fight began. I quickly got worried because I had no intention of injuring the little guys. Well my little roo gave up quickly. That night he lost the ladies and his coop. I found him hiding nearby. I quietly collected my friends roo from the coop and coaxed mine into his home and put them to bed. I returned our little visitor. Holy cow my poor hens the next morning! !! They could hardly make it out the door of the coop and got plenty of exercise running from my little roo all day. Someone must have slipped him some viagra and red bull. Needless to say I now have fertile eggs again. Lol

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Well, that's interesting!!

    Good to know, a friend was just lamenting about her 'dud' of a rooster because most the eggs are infertile.

    Will share your solution.
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