Fertile Rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sasha, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Sasha

    Sasha New Egg

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    At what age can a rooster become fertile?
     
  2. SillyChick

    SillyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually at 1 year of age, but some became fertile at 2 years. Yes, it's quite a long time and I also can't wait for my chickens to have chicks, but patience is the key. Although the roo will be interested in mating at 5 months old, the eggs will not be fertilized.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!
     
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    another way is to open the eggs. if you see a red bullseye then yo uknow he is fertile
     
  4. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I have chicks due to hatch this week and the rooster is 7 months old [​IMG]
     
  5. I have RIR's and the roo became fertile before the hens started laying,and that was about 20 weeks, but he loves them too much now, once i get over this drated flu i am gonna have to move him to a spot all alone to give my ladies a rest, and regrow the feathers on their backs,



    Owned by 12 RIR.1 Pitt bull, 1 poodle mix,1 yorkie,1great Dane ,1 crabby gray cat and most important 1 adorable DH
     
  6. Sasha

    Sasha New Egg

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    well mine is 9 years old and and there are two laying hens. Spring is approaching so is there any chance of them having chicks?
     
  7. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    A nine year old roo? Wow, lucky bird, lol. If he mates he could probably still get the job done. [​IMG] It kinda depends on the rooster, some roosters are 5 months some are a year. Never have I heard it taking 2 years though. [​IMG]
     
  8. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Roosters generally mature at the same rate as the pullets of the same breed. It's generally not "are they producing sperm" more "are they able to successfully mate the pullet"

    It takes practice for a roo to complete the job, they are often awkward and fall off a lot at first.
     
  9. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    Well said Ksacres!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Sasha

    Sasha New Egg

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    so sorry, I meant 9 months. He's the same age as the hens. Sorry
     

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