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 Chicken Obsessed

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    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. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken 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 LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

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