Question about the birds and the bees...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MuskokaChick, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chirping

    Feb 20, 2011
    Muskoka Region Ontario
    I have a Silky Roo, and he has two silky hens. They are both broody right now and sitting on eggs.

    I have 11 Red Stars which are double the size of him and I am wondering the logistics here...

    I have seen him mount the red stars, but he is that much smaller, that I don't know what I am seeing exactly...but it is safe to assume he is not getting his jiggy on with the red stars...His tail feathers don't even come to the back of the red stars...get my drift?

    I really don't want fertilized eggs from them.



  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    I would imagine that at least some of the eggs will be fertilized. Where there's a will, there's a way! Any particular reason you don't want them that way? It doesn't make any difference as far as eating them goes.
  3. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Songster

    May 1, 2009
    I have a standard sized Easter Egger in with my silkies and have hatched many eggs from her. So Yes, it is possible for the silkie to fertilize a standard sized bird. Me EE's are about the same size as my gold sex link birds.

    Even if he does fertilize them, there is no harm in eating or using the eggs.
  4. MuskokaChick

    MuskokaChick Chirping

    Feb 20, 2011
    Muskoka Region Ontario
    yes, I guess I am not really worried about their eggs being fertilized...I collect everyday.

    I guess I was more curious about if he was actually fertilizing them, because what I have seen (his size compared to theirs) is that he can in no way reach...but then...I am new to all of this

    I was keeping them apart in the beginning because I didn't want to eat fertilized eggs...but the more I learned on here, realized it wasn't a big he is out and about with the hens with no problems

  5. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Songster

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    I hatched an egg from an EE (green egg) that has a d'uccle as a dad. HUGE size difference! [​IMG] Where there is a will, there is a way!

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