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Question about egg fertility

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Glenmar, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 coops. Each has 7 hens and one rooster. I am hoping to get fertile eggs this spring to hatch. Some hens are 2 yrs old this year and some are 1 yr olds. The roosters are 8 mos old. My problem is that only about 1 in 10 are fertile. Will this pick up closer to spring? I want to hatch some eggs in early March.

    thanks
     
  2. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    Your roosters are young and fertility does tend to decrease a bit in the winter. It should get better in the spring :)
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree. It should get better. I have not noticed it, but some people have posted that their chicken's fertility drops in the winter, though others say theirs does not.

    Often mature hens will not accept immature roosters. At 8 months, your roosters should be gettting pretty close to being accepted if that is the problem. I've had some roosters (not many to be sure) that most of my mature hens would accept at 15 weeks, and some at 8 months that some would not accept. The different chicken's personality enters into it.

    I do think most of the eggs will be fertile in another couple of months when it starts to warm up. Good luck!!!
     
  4. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. That's what I was hoping.
     
  5. lucky123

    lucky123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have all young chickens, with roosters around 6 to 7 months old. I have three breeding pens, around 1 rooster to three hens, with around a 90% fertility. I would think even though you have more hens to rooster the fetility should be greater than 10%. What breeds are they?
     
  6. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One coop (the one that I want to hatch from) is Buff Orpingtons and two Amerucana hens.
    The rooster is an Orp. The second coop has hens of many different breeds. They are not laying as much yet. The only ones that I will want to hatch out of that group are the Amerucanas. All others would be barnyard mix.
     

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