Infertile cockerel?

TanyaB

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I have a young cockerel, about 9 months old, that the hens with him are still having 0% fertility. The other pens with cockerels of the same age are about 50% fertility. These are UK type Orpingtons. He is mounting often. I have trimmed vent feathers. How long would you give him before replacing?
 

NatJ

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I have a young cockerel, about 9 months old, that the hens with him are still having 0% fertility. The other pens with cockerels of the same age are about 50% fertility. These are UK type Orpingtons. He is mounting often. I have trimmed vent feathers. How long would you give him before replacing?

If he does start fertilizing eggs, his chicks might mature slowly, like he seems to be doing.

So I would think about whether he has any traits that are so good that it's worth putting up with the really slow maturity.

If he's not THAT good, then just cull him now.
 

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