Fertility issue

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by genevieve, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. genevieve

    genevieve Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Shamo Rooster, Shamo Hen and Arucana Hen in one pen together. They have been there about a month and a half now. It took a few weeks for them to start laying, but now they are. I have pulled 12 Shamo eggs from the pen now to incubate and the first six were fertile and I have three chicks out of them. The second six are infertile (nothing in them over a week into incubation). They have a flock block, layer pellets and get some scratch/ corn as treats (not super excited about it). I have not tried to incubate the Arucana's eggs.

    Any ideas on what happened with the fertility??

    I know it's not the incubator because I have Orpington eggs in there collected from another pen on the same days as the Shamo eggs and they are almost all developing fine.

    Thanks!!

    Genevieve
     
  2. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know one trick someone told me is to pluck the feathers around the vent. Sometimes they are so fluffy that no semen can get in to fertilize eggs. Also I have heard putting them under a lamp. Can't remember if they said just a normal lamp or a UVB bulb... Try plucking the feathers and that may possibly help. He may also just not be jumping the girls as often for some reason [​IMG]. I had a partridge cochin pair that gave me absolutely NO fertile eggs. Didn;t find out about the feather plucking around the vent until after I let them out of the pens. Its a common thing in cochins but hey worth a try!
     

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