how long will a rooster stay fertile???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wnthunting, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. wnthunting

    wnthunting In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2011
    My brama rooster is 10 years old...I have 14 hens and he manages to mate with almost all of them ...what are the chances of him being fertile???
  2. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Songster

    Feb 22, 2009
    Ashtabula, Ohio
    One of our roosters is fourteen and still fertile. However, he can't keep up with as many hens as he used to. For your boy, you will most likely have to just incubate the eggs and discover if they are fertile, or not.
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    You should be able to visualize your egg yolks to see if he is still fertilizing your gals. If the majority of your eggs aren't showing that bull's eye, I'd replace him with a younger roo. You don't really have to get rid of him if he is an old friend, a new roo will finally assert dominance and the old roo will be second fiddle when it comes to breeding. If this doesn't happen, you may have to rehome him to a retirement farm or the stew pot.

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