roo not fertile enough?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rancher hicks, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I have a Delaware roo and he does seem to like the girls. I have hatched some of his babies, but it's seems that not enough eggs have bulleyes.

    Though out of 13 eggs set to hatch eight had chicks. 5 lived. 1 died after a week. 1 couldn't get out of it's shell. 1 quit. There was one with a blood spot, but that was hardly started.
    These were eggs from 4 hens he was with before I bought him. 2 of the hens clearly were "bothered" the other 2 didn't seem to be. There is one who I have to seperate cause she needs a rest to let her feathers grow back.

    I just wonder if I should dump him and get a new roo. He is a good roo w/ the girls.
    I have 2 roos, one a bantam friz, w/ 23 hens.
    Any chance he's shooting blanks, or not fertile enough? Any chance the friz roo can't connect?

    Speckled hen I need a good Delaware roo. Is there a train station near by? I only want to hatch pure Delawares. I have 7 hens and not all of those would I use for stock. Some have white legs and feet. Why?

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