Question about rooster fertility

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Glenmar, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 coops with 7 hens and 1 rooster each. I would really love to hatch some eggs soon, but the roosters are not doing much. I am not getting fertile eggs. The boys are 8 mos old. The hens are 1-2 yrs.

    If I put a light on them in the hen house, will that stimulate the boys to do their job??


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  2. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just found a study that said that light effects the hormones in the males just as it does the females. So increasing light should = increase in testosterone and activity among my roosters. I am going to put lights on one group and leave the other group alone. We will see what happens within a week or two. [​IMG]
     
  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read here that some say it may take two or three weeks for the light to start causing hens to lay eggs in the winter. It may be the same with causing roosters to mate.

    But spring isn't far off, so I think by March nature will be taking its course anyway.
     

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