- Mar 23, 2014
I don't think there is probably an answer for this, but I figured I would ask anyway. My hen laid one egg a couple of months ago, and I wasn't surprised when it was infertile. However, she laid two more eggs recently (within the last week and a half) and these were also infertile. I know the male has tried to "woo" her as I saw it, but she was having none of it. I think she is too bonded with people (though it isn't like she likes to be touched, she just wants to be with people, she runs to people when they are in or near the pen, she has made the "purring" sounds at me that the male was making toward her, etc.) Now the poor male concentrates on displaying to the chickens, while the hen completely ignores him. Shall I just write her off until next year when a different male will be old enough to breed? Shall I feed her oysters?Has anyone had any luck convincing a hen that there is NOTHING WRONG with the expensive male that they are with?Is it possible she will change her mind with some more time? They have been living together since late last summer, and they seem to legitimately like each other, they roost near each other, etc.