Do Roosters remain good for

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by woodman, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. woodman

    woodman Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 6, 2010
    I have a 1.5 yr old RI rooster and some buff and RI hens 1-2 yrs old and just successfully hatched a replacement layer flock for next year. The rooster is seems to have good qualities, not too aggressive. Should I keep this rooster and/or keep one roo from the new chicks once i can tell what sex they will be? Does a rooster get too old eventually to be good for fertilizing eggs? thanks
  2. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:i have a mutt roo (my main rooster).. he's going on 5 years old and still doing the job with no problems

    when i had a smaller flock I always made sure I had an "extra" rooster in case something happened to my main roo.. so long as you have enough hens to keep the boys happy there isn't a problem
  3. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    As long as he is getting the job done, I would keep him, maybe keep a replacement rooster from the hatch just in case his fertility goes down.

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