Do I need a new roo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by packinaglock, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. packinaglock

    packinaglock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I bought a incubator about two years ago and had great luck with the ammount of eggs that hatched. I had a different roo back then and about every 5 minuits he was having his way with the ladies(I usually keep about 10). Well he was killed by a raccon, and his son has now grown up (about a year old) and I have never once seen him mount a hen. With my old roo (dad) almost all 30 eggs would hatch, but with his son only about 5. Could it be he really has no interest in the ladies or do chickens realize they are related and will not mate. Do I need to get a roo from outside of my flock?
    Thanks Dave
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009

    Chickens do not care about incestious relationships.

    Of the eggs that do not hatch, are they infertile, or just not hatching? If you see blood rings, then the roo IS doing his job.

    Otherwise, it sounds like your roo is having fertility issues---or perhaps the hens have super-fluffy butts.
  3. packinaglock

    packinaglock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    He just seems to have no interest at all, otherwise he is doing his job as in alerting the hens to food finds and being protective. Thanks for the responce, I guess I was just used to the two previous roos I had that would wear the feathers off of the ladies backs.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I would go more by checking the eggs as Laree suggested rather than you actually seeing the deed done (some roos are discreet), or feather wear (some rooster are more gentle than others) or hatch rate (because things don't always work out w/incubations even with fertile eggs). Maybe there IS a fertitlity issue, but maybe there isn't. The roo doesn't care/know about blood relationships.
  5. Warrprincess688

    Warrprincess688 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Danvers MA
    He sounds pretty gentle natured for a roo. If you really want babies, you can get a new Roo, which im sure would solve your issue. He is breeding just maybe not as much as his dad did.
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    My roo No's how to do it. LOL! Kidding aside. I watch him mate the hens & I guarantee he does his job. My hatch rate also proves it.You can tell if he's mating correctly.

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