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From 100 percent fertile -- to zero???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LilBizzy, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    I have a bantam flock - frizzled D'Uccle/cochin mixes and a silkie. Barney had 8 girls. Over a 2 month period 2 of the silkies died, leaving Barney and 6 girls. When we have checked the eggs, there was between 90 and 100 percent fertile. In the begining of July, they hatched out 6 chicks. In August, they hatched out 12.
    For 2 weeks now, 5 of the 6 have been sitting on eggs. I had not been able to go check them because I hurt my knee and couldnt get into the back corner of the coop where they are. So tonight, I made the hubby go check eggs. He pulled 18 out from under the girls, leaving maybe 6 or 8 under them. Out of the 20 we checked, not one was developing. Totally clear, every last one!
    Is it possible for a rooster to lose fertility? He is just over a year old. I have seen him busy with the girls, and as far as I know, nothing has changed.
    Any ideas?

  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Fertility does tend to decline towards the later part of the year, but this seems a bit extreme.

    I'd be interested to hear what experience others have had,


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