rooster doesn't court hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by raymondjames, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. raymondjames

    raymondjames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2011
    hello byc!!! in light of 2 (or maybe 3, can't tell) hens starting laying this week and in early march, and with a broody-faking hen, i have noticed that my hen Hope's eggs are fertile (seen germinal disc). Great, can sell them to hatchers. BUT i have seen her being courted months ago by Mr. Nice Alpha Roo, Snippy. also, a fiesty leghorn rooster has courted her. she is fertile from the leghorn, from what i understand (chicken sperm last 1 month, i hear). since this occurence, i have not seen snippy court any hens. this is bad because i have broody chickens who i give in to (and give eggs to) who would HATE work for no chicks.

    so, i am wondering why my snippy is not mating the roosters.

    also we plan to rehome most roosters (including the Leghorn that keeps Hope... "fresh"). but we are keeping a very docile silkie rooster (he leads the silkies in a pack). will he be only able to mate bantams, or also Large Fowl birds?

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