Few Fertile Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jake1297, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Jake1297

    Jake1297 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 Hens 3 each, RIR and BR. One rooster which is a Cochin. They are all good layers. The problem is I set 41 eggs in the bator collected over a week. When I candled them on the 8th day Out of the 41, only 6 were fertile with movement. The rest were all clear. I opened several up and they were just yolks and whites. Is this normal to have so few that were fertile? Or is there to many hens for my little rooster??
     
  2. austinandkara

    austinandkara Out Of The Brooder

    Is he a bantam or standard cochin? If he is a bantam, he probably has a hard time reaching the ladies. If he is standard, maybe he is just a late bloomer. I would give him some time but if you want fertile eggs and he isn't getting the job done, you should probably just get a new rooster.
     
  3. Jake1297

    Jake1297 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is a Bantam, maybe he is too small for the ladies. So I guess I'll be getting a larger rooster.
     
  4. YYZ

    YYZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they pick on the rooster at all? the hens? just curious.
     
  5. Jake1297

    Jake1297 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No pecking at the rooster. I do have guineas also and he'll chase after them.
     
  6. YYZ

    YYZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guineas are great for tics ...and as long as you have no close neighbors. haha
     

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