does a rooster ever lose his fertility?

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  1. thechickenguy

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    and if so aat what age?
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  2. saladin

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    Yes they can lose their fertility. Age? Depends; like in humans one man is infertile at 30 and another can still reproduce at 65.

    They (cocks) can also come in and out of fertility during the year.
     
  3. thechickenguy

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    Quote:hes like 3 i think. :)
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  4. saladin

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    Though cocks as young as 3 should be fine there could still be a problem with this particular cock: injury, too much fat, genetic, etc.

    You will also see cocks that are not as fertile during the hottest days of summer/ coldest in winter and, of course, during the moult.
     
  5. thechickenguy

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    oh ok. i c. thank you.
     
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  7. thechickenguy

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    Quote:lol.
     
  8. dipence71

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    So what is the "best" average age for a fertile rooster???
    Like with hens the first 2 yrs are the best for egg production.
     
  9. saladin

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    Best average age? Now who wants anything that is average???????? lol. Personally, I like to use cocks that are under 6 years of age.

    The secret is to always have youth on one side of the breeding equation: cock x pullet or stag x hen. Breeding an old hen with an old cock gives very poor results. Sometimes you may have to do it, but it is best if avoided.
     
  10. thechickenguy

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    thanks evry1. ill have to let my friend know. shes the one who wanted me to ask. :)
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