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Fertile chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LABowles, May 7, 2016.

  1. LABowles

    LABowles New Egg

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    I'm new at posting but I've been doing chickens for years. I have some heritage chickens that I love but it appears they have an infertility problem. I had 4 fertile eggs out of the last 25 I incubated. Any advice on a diet that I should be giving them. Currently they're on soaked wheat and they free range.
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

    Hello and welcome to BYC! How many roosters do you have and how many hens?
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Wheat is basically a survival diet even with supplementation from free ranging. I would feed them a commercial laying ration. I always fed game bird breeder to my breeders.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I wouldn't blame the hens - maybe the rooster isn't doing his job, or there are to many hens for him to cover.
     
  5. LABowles

    LABowles New Egg

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    I have 8 hens and two roosters. From what I understand, that's actually more roosters than I should have for 8 hens. I've felt like it was a fertility problem last year because their egg production decreased on wheat so I added lay mash but my neighbors insisted their chickens were healthier because of the organic wheat we had available. Any suggestions on how long should I feed them on this new diet before I plan on incubating again?
     
  6. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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