How old does a rooster need to be to be fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ellie_may12, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. ellie_may12

    ellie_may12 Out Of The Brooder

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    My 17 week old Black Australorp has been jumping on top of my girls. Is it possible that some of the eggs may be fertile? Should I let one of the hens who is showing signs of going broody lay on the clutch? Is there any way to tell?
     
  2. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    check a few of the eggs for fertility, crack a couple open and look for an enlarged white spot on the yellow part of the yolk. If you can ppost a few pics of the spot, lottsa folks on here can help you determine if it looks fertile. I think your roo is probably fertile at his age, but I'm not a roo expert!
     
  3. ellie_may12

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    Here are some pics.... All of them have a white dot on the yolk. Some look just white and others look like a donut?
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  4. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The good ones are those which look like donuts.
     
  5. ellie_may12

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    Thanks!
     
  6. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of the ones I could see, the first didnt look fertile, but the one before the last one (the 3rd pic, I think) looked fetile to me. Even with a roo, I think it is possible that not all eggs will be fertile. But I think you have a soon to be daddy roo!
     
  7. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the rooster is strutting his stuff, crowing, and treading the girls regularly he is almost certainly packed with testosterone and very likely to fertilise.

    I do agree that cracking a few open (especially if you are baking a cake) and using the excellent pictures provided would be a good idea,

    Sandie
     

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