Fertilization

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by missouridave, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. missouridave

    missouridave Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age does a cockeral stop shooting blanks and start fertilizing eggs?

    Mine is about 9-10 months old.

    Is he doing his job yet?

    Or just having fun?

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  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'd say he's plenty old enough to be doing his job.
     
  3. missouridave

    missouridave Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks,

    He is an RIR

    He oversees

    1 - GLW, 2 - SLW, 2- RIRs, 4 - Buff Orp
     
  4. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Gosh, yeah - he should have been doing his job for awhile now.

    Do you know how to look for the bullseye?
     
  5. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even my Silkie roos are usually fertile by the time they decide to mount the hens. Six months is the average. I have had a few go longer and I have one little guy that is very active a four months old. I doubt he is fertilizing eggs. Roosters fertility is affected by the lenth of day just like the hens laying cycle. You may find that you rooster is less active during these short days and you may find non fertile eggs as well. You can always tell by checking for the bullseye on the yolk as you crack them open.
     
  6. missouridave

    missouridave Out Of The Brooder

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    Gosh, yeah - he should have been doing his job for awhile now.

    Do you know how to look for the bullseye?

    Read about that last night in a post with pics.


    Yep it's all good.

    Thx​
     

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