Giving the roo a well deserved rest.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chixmix, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. chixmix

    chixmix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a best way to separate your Roo from his hens so he can get a rest as to not stress out the hens too much? I just had to toss 5 eggs out of 16 for infertility. He has been 100% up til now.
     
  2. otis7

    otis7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to take my rooster inside sometimes when he was being a jerk as a "time out." (mostly just for fun, poor fella). He hated being away from his girls and would crow and crow, the girls could care less and went about their business. I think more often than not it's the hens that need a rest ;). Is he getting older?
     
  3. chixmix

    chixmix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, he is just super vigor and constantly "on it" haha. Shooting a few blanks now. I just want him to have a break to build back up the protein and nutrients needed. He's around 1 year old now and never has taken a break since maturing. He's only with 3 hens, so I know he is depositing.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How did you determine that 5 out of 16 eggs were infertile?
     
  5. chixmix

    chixmix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At day ten of incubating, I candled, and removed 6 eggs. I always open eggs I remove from an incubator to see what went wrong, 5 didn't have the bullseye, one did.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Gotcha. Interesting to see if the rest will work.
    He'll probably be more upset than the hens.
     
  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you using any supplemental lighting? A long time breeder/judge told me that he adds lighting this time of year to improve fertility. I haven't tested it out myself yet but in years past I have noticed that fertility this time of year is a lot lower than in the spring.
     
  8. chixmix

    chixmix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I let all my hens finish moulting, waited a couple weeks, then added lighting.
     
  9. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh well, so much for that idea. I have been reading the Heritage Breeds thread and there are some that are also having fertility issues so I guess you aren't alone.
     
  10. Chickens R Us

    Chickens R Us Chillin' With My Peeps

    I read somewhere that fertility is usually less in the winter, but I can't remember if it was because of cold or less light.[​IMG]I'll have to see if I can find the magazine.
     

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