chicken help.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Josh Small, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. Josh Small

    Josh Small Out Of The Brooder

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    My rooster is mot mating with my hen that much what can i do to make them mate more.
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Are you watching them all day every day? Why do you feel he has to mate her often? I can guarantee it's probably happening when you're not around, and if you only have one hen, fertility likely isn't a problem.
     
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  3. bullrunslabs

    bullrunslabs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that it takes approx two days for the first fertile egg to appear after a single mating, and the hen will lay eggs for up to 12 days after a single mating. If your rooster is not breeding her more than once a day, I'd say he's a keeper. Roosters that work a hen too much causes her too much stress that can cause her to stop playing, go broody to avoid being bred constantly, can cause her to lose too many featherrs or injury. Are you trying to get hatching eggs? If you have no desire for ffertile eggs, your hen doesn't need a rooster to lay eggs as she will lay without him.
     
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  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Hah! This is sort of like complaining that your child has good manners!

    People with sex-crazed roosters would kill to have a sweet, gentleman rooster such as yours!

    A rooster can accomplish fertilization by mating once a week or even less than that. Having a rooster with just one hen, you should be grateful he isn't mating her more often than he is, wearing the poor thing completely out! [​IMG]

    To be sure he's fertilizing the eggs, save aside three or four and leave in a warm place. In about a week, break them open and examine the yolk. If you see white "bulls-eyes" on the yellow yolk, they are indeed fertilized. No bulls eyes and you will know he hasn't been doing his job.
     
  5. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

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    If you are in the northern hemisphere (why do so many people not put their location in their profile!!) and he is over a year old, he may be moulting, which makes them feel under the weather and less inclined to mate. As the others have said, once a week is enough to keep eggs fertile and if you only have one hen or even two or 3, then it is a blessing that he is not mating them more but as bobbi-j said, unless you were watching them every minute of the day, you would never know how frequently it is happening.
     

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