How often does a rooster...?

smileysjs1

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So I'm thinking of buying a rooster. I think he's only about 2-3 months old. I was wondering how often does a rooster try to mate and at what age do they start? This will sound stupid: but if a hen is laying how do you know which are the fertilized ones?
 

AllChookUp

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LOL! Get one and see what happens!


If it's anything like my rooster, he wants to mate pretty much all the time except when he's eating, sleeping, or just on the roost.

You know, I don't know how you tell a fertilized egg from an unfertilized one.... We'll have to wait for those more experienced to answer.
 
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cjeanean

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They start mating at 4-6 months depending on the breed and how soon they get the urge, and then will mate several times a day. In the egg laying topic there are some pics of fertilized eggs. You're looking for a bullseye on the yolk to indicate that the egg is fertile, not just a white spot. I'll find the thread and edit it it!

https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008

Here's the link!
 
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Wynette

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My most recent cockerel began mating at 16 weeks; at the very top of this Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying, you'll see a "stickied" post (a post that's always at the top) that will show you the difference between a fertile & INfertile egg. You can't tell unless you break it open.
 

gumpsgirl

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The thread that cjeanean is referring to was posted by speckledhen and is a sticky in the Chicken Behaviors and Egg Laying section.
 

smileysjs1

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I;m only asking about the fertile/unfertile egg because I was thinking I might sell some of the eggs. So in that case i'd have to save some and just wait and see if any hatch then?
 

Hangin Wit My Peeps

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I;m only asking about the fertile/unfertile egg because I was thinking I might sell some of the eggs. So in that case i'd have to save some and just wait and see if any hatch then?

Crack a few open from the hens eggs you were thinking of selling and if those are fertile she will prob always be fertile unless you take the roo away.​
 

gritsar

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My alpha roo thinks about mating more than he thinks about breathing, I swear!
We eat every egg, fertile or not.
 

The Chicken Lady

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If you have a rooster and he's mating the hens, you can pretty much guarantee that all of your eggs will be fertilized. Unlike a human, hens can hold the rooster's sperm in their bodies for a very long time, so you need to separate a hen from a rooster for quite a few weeks if you want to make sure her eggs are unfertilized.

As for eating them, you can't taste the difference and it doesn't alter the nutritional content. I doubt most people worry about it if they have a rooster.
 

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