how old does a rooster need to be to breed a hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by doright, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. doright

    doright New Egg

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    i have a 7 month old rooster that i am realy looking foward to breeding and i need to know if he is old enough to breed a hen and will the eggs be fertile?
    thanks.
     
  2. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will likely breed a 7 months it depends quite a bit on the breed, whether or not he is fertile is another question. All you can do is see what happens.
     
  3. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
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    I have an EE roo who is 7 mos and has been breeding for about 2 months but just recently I've noticed some of the eggs are fertile.
     
  4. kcravey

    kcravey Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some Buff pullets that just started laying. I put their FIRST eggs in the incubator (I wanted some more buffs! [​IMG]) and they all hatched! I hadnt even seen the roo ever mating with them yet!
     

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