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how do you know if rooster is fertilizing eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Caitlin342, May 19, 2011.

  1. Caitlin342

    Caitlin342 Out Of The Brooder

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    So i have eight chickens and one silkie rooster. He has one eye and is very timid and sweet. I see him mounting the smaller chickens (he is a bantam) but I don't see him doing it that often, he is only 9 or 10 months. I was wondering next time one of my bantam silkie girls goes broody (which basically happens after they lay ten eggs or so!) if i could let her sit on a couple or is the rooster probably not getting the job done [​IMG]. Also, does anyone know what it looks like when you mix a polish with a silkie? I have two polish girls and i would think that it would be a cute mix but maybe it isn't because you never see it? Thanks in advance for any advice!
     
  2. valley ranch

    valley ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well! If you have seen ICE AGE, Sid could be the result. Not a bad thing, he had a big heart.
     
  3. Caitlin342

    Caitlin342 Out Of The Brooder

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    ha i have not seen ice age! but if i have never really seen him fertilize the polish should i assume that he hasn't?
     
  4. Smith farm

    Smith farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that the hens can store the roosters semen for I think up to four or five days and fertilize the eggs she lays in those days
     
  5. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Smith farm

    Smith farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL I know right thats what I thought too!!!
     
  7. valley ranch

    valley ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would bet the eggs are fertile! I would incubate them. I would assume he has known the Polish.
     
  8. chickensbythesea

    chickensbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could crack open a few of the Polish's eggs and look for the bullseye?
     
  9. Caitlin342

    Caitlin342 Out Of The Brooder

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    what is the bullseye? is that the little brown dot that is sometimes in eggs!?!? if so i had no idea!!! also, the polish eggs are bigger than the silkie's so is it okay to put them under her? i am guessing i have about a week before the silkie goes broody again... I mean she is literally like clockwork, i have a bantam aracauna that is broody right now but she has been broody for a few weeks so i figured you have to put the eggs under them early on when they go broody. i have never done this before, does the mama hen basically just take over or do i need to help her along in any way!?!?
     
  10. Caitlin342

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    nevermind i just looked up the "bullseye" and cracked on of the silkie eggs and it's fertilized!! not going to check any others til i'm ready to make an omelette but i can't wait to see who is fertilized and who is not!!!
     

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