oddsWhat are the odds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wbruder17, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I have a slightly inept polish crested rooster, meaning he crows, but other than that, does not seem to be very roosterish. And a flock of various breeds of hens. What are the odds that he is not "performing his duties" as a rooster? I've seen him mate with one chicken a few times, but how would I know if he was doing the deed with all of them and whther my eggs would be fertilized? I am hoping to hatch some this spring.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    One roo should service up to 10 ladies. You didn't say how many hens he was with.

    IMO Your best bet would be to crack one of each girl's egg about a week before you set your eggs, and look for the bullseye on the yolks.
     
  4. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I have 9 chickens. 2 are silkies, 2 are bantam cochins. 5 are regular sized different breeds. There are four actually laying right now. 1 banty. The eggs I have eaten all have a small white-ish circle.
     
  5. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Thanks for those pictues. I will have to look closer at the white spot!
     
  6. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    You may want to sprinkle a little Viagra in his feed. He could be too embarrassed to talk to his doctor about the problem.
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Just FYI, they theoretically could be fertile up to 2 weeks after one mating, so it really wouldn't matter if he didn't get with every hen every day.

    But knowing how roosters usually are, he probably gets them all when you aren't looking. [​IMG]
     

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