Roo fertilabliy

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Easter eggers, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long do roosters stay fertile or are best fertile?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Fertility will vary from breed to breed, strain to strain within the breeds, and rooster to rooster within the strain. Generally inbred roosters lose fertility earlier than outcrossed individuals. I had a friend with seriously inbred WC black Polish. His roosters were generally sterile by the time that they were 3 or 4 years old. Healthy roosters should retain fertility far longer than that.
     
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My wlh rooster is in the 6-7 year age range and is still breeding with the hens. I don't know if eggs fertilized by him could still hatch though :p
     

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