Rooster age

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fishingdude93, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. fishingdude93

    fishingdude93 Out Of The Brooder

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    How old does the rooster have to be to fertilize the hen. I got my chickens in april and they just started laying. i want to know if they will be fertile yet or is the rooster not old enough.
     
  2. chickenboy21

    chickenboy21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It all depends on the rooster, watch them from a while and see if your rooster mounts any of the hens and you will know if hes doing his job
     
  3. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You may not see your rooster 'doing his job', I've never seen mine mate a hen, but I have 10 of his babies so I know he's doing it.
    You can, however, check the eggs to see if they are fertile. If you don't know what a fertile egg looks like, you can see pictures and descriptions here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008&p=1
     

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