How long are roosters fertile?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Pinky, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Is there an age where a rooster can no longer mate and fertilize eggs? Just a little curious.
  2. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    I would say 5 years to my knowledge.

    My friend's rooster was able to fertilize eggs at that age, so yeah : )

    - Tommy
  3. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    A lot depends on diet. If you are feeding a laying ration to your whole flock, the roosters may not continue to be fertile past three years. To much calcium is bad for a rooster and can cause health problems. Many people who raise show quality flocks use a flock raiser ration and supplement with oyster shell free choice. The chickens will eat what they need. I have never seen any of my roosters dip into the oyster shell. I have found the Flock Raising ration to be hard to find around here so I use the unmedicated starter grower and mix in a a 16 percent scratch grain feed.
  4. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Mine's 11 years old and still going strong.
  5. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    mikarod, what are you feeding?
  6. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    16% layer crumble (or pellet...whichever is available at the time), just started adding oats and give about a cup of chicken scratch every day for a treat during the winter. In the summer...about half a cup of scratch.

    Ridiculous isn't it? lol. I don't know if it's his lineage or what...he just never shoots blanks.
  7. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Quote:I didn't know that they make Chicken Viagra [​IMG]

    LMAO [​IMG]

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