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Roo fertilabliy

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

  1. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2011
    How long do roosters stay fertile or are best fertile?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    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

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    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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