Fertility Rate Low PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MontainBourbons, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. MontainBourbons

    MontainBourbons Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2016
    McCall Idaho
    I have a flock of 3 bourbon red toms and 10 hens and we were getting good fertility rates. Even when it was cold out we still got good rates until now. Of course now they decide to drop because now we are finally hatching our eggs. Any ideas on how to raise their rates right now it is at 33%?
    Weather for where I live is in the mid 30's but they were doing fine in the 10's.[​IMG]
  2. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2015
    Southeast Alabama
    feed quality and light intensity are the most common causes of fertility drop.
  3. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2015
    Shave their bums, it works the best. It is often a two person job but I did it by myself. You can wrap them in a cloth first. use scissors very very carefully to trim down the feathers.

    I get ' nothing but net ' now with my specialty chickens and it lasts a year until they moult again, then too many feathers once again can be a problem, depending on the breed.
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Turkeys don't really have issues making contact because of feathers (and I would not wanna trim a turkey butt :) ). I'd just wait for better weather/more light as suggested and try again.

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