Fertility Age

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Byrdj, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I saw my 16 week old cockeral mating with a hen. Is it possible that he is old enough to fertilize her eggs? I was surprised since I don't think he's started crowing yet.
     
  2. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He could possibly be fertile, but they usually aren't till they start to crow. It would be interesting to find out. I know that some breeds are fertile at quite a young age, and some are nearly a year old before they are.
     
  3. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The short answer is yes, it's possible. However, it's also possible that he may not be mature enough quite yet. Sometimes, there's a delay of a few weeks after they start mating the hens, but sometimes they're capable of fertilization pretty much right away--depends on the individual bird.
     
  4. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the answers. I was suprised to hear that he might be fertile. Maybe it's a result of hybrid vigor. His dad was a large fowl game and his mom was a RIR. He is very spunky and confident, or should I dare say "cocky".
     

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