Does my roo NEED VIAGRA?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ladydoc1992, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. ladydoc1992

    ladydoc1992 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a beautiful chocolate Serama rooster almost a year old. He had 2 hens with him that he grew up with..he was always 'just friends" with the girls. Never saw him breed either of them. So, gave him 2 new young hens (my thoughts were..you know how older men like younger women!!) Still no action.
    Both of these hens are laying eggs, very sweet temperament, don't pick on him in any way..they all sleep together at night like best friends.
    Is there some special nutrient you can give a roo to encourage him to perform? I know he's not sneaking and breeding those hens when I'm not around, cause I have candled all the eggs numerous times..cracked them open, etc...not one is fertilized!
    I really really want some babies off him!
    Help!!
     
  2. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

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    Im not to informed with seramas so im not sure, about there breeding habits or anything, but my first question would be, is he molting?
     
  3. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Have you tried incubating the eggs and candling after a week to 10 days?

    Also, are you sure he's a Roo?
     
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  4. Sailing Dede

    Sailing Dede Out Of The Brooder

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    I had this same problem with my Cochin (Pekin) Bantam roo and his two bantam ladies.
    I wanted some fertile eggs but he just wasn't doing the deed.
    I studied the birds closely and noticed that he didn't crow very often either.
    As they were kept in there own coop with run (away from my large fowl flock) I thought maybe if I let them roam around the garden he might get in the mood?
    So I let them run around, and still nothing.
    Finally I thought, thats it!
    I took him out of his run and threw him in with my large fowl.
    Within a few days he was crowing, wing flapping (to draw attension to his little self), standing taller, and wing dancing for all the massive ladies.
    He soon started to try to mate them, (or ride on their backs like a little jockey on a racing horse!)
    and within no time at all, learnt the 'no handed' technique, so he could drop back and mate all my large girls (Brahma's included), properly, with fertile hatching eggs!
    The only problem was, the eggs were not bantam cochin's lol
    When I put him back with his two little hens he was a lot more manly, but I could see he missed his large ladies (which I think he prefers) so ended up putting them all together.
    This way if I wanted to hatch the bantam eggs, I could just take them.
    This obviously doesn't solve your problem, but its a story about a roo with performance issue's that I thought sounded similar.
    I hope your roo finds his manhood soon.
    Quick question. Does he crow much?

    dede
     
  5. Sailing Dede

    Sailing Dede Out Of The Brooder

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    oh, and Bill (the bantam cochin), is the roo in my avatar pick [​IMG]
     
  6. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    He will do the deed when he's ready. My Foghorn didn't mate Snow White until she was ready. Maybe he's a late bloomer.
     
  7. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just wanted to point out that just because you don't SEE it doesn't mean he's not mating them.
    Perhaps he just doesn't like an audience.
    "Dang, every time I wanna get busy, that crazy lady is hiding over there in the bushes watching me!!" [​IMG]

    Before you start trying to fix the problem, test some eggs first and be SURE he isn't doing the deed.
    If not, perhaps borrowing another rooster for a few days? Competition will often get a man's mojo working
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    You can not tell if non incubated eggs are fertile or not by candling. Do a search on 'bullseye' and information on whether or not an egg is fertilized will be at your hands.
     
  9. ladydoc1992

    ladydoc1992 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the helpful advice, everyone!
    I have put his hen's eggs in the incubator, dozens of them...and candled at 7 days..sometimes 10 days..once at 2 weeks..not a dang one was growing or had veining. So cracked them open..nope, not fertilized. So very frustrating!!
    I will try the experiment of putting him in with a slightly larger breed bantam flock..all hens. Maybe he just needs a harem to get him started!!
    Will let you know results in a few days.
     
  10. ladydoc1992

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    and btw, Sailing Dede..he hardly ever crows, and I have never seen him do the wing dance either.
    No, he's not molting.
    I have put him in visual distance of another little Serama that thinks he's Casanova with the ladies, in the hopes he will watch and catch on!
     

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