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Rooster possibly not fertile?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Flybybirds, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a year old Ameraucana Rooster. Seven hens. Recently one went Broody. We put what we thought were fertile eggs under her since she didn't lay any of her own. Checked them on day six and no sign of fertility in any of the eggs. I have visually seen him breed the hens. Could he not be fertile?
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    You should be able to see if your eggs are fertile by cracking a few eggs into a bowl. Just look for a bullseye looking spot on them. Bullseye=fertile egg
     
  3. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some eggs that are refrigerated for use can I use them to see fertility?
     
  4. Peplers chicks

    Peplers chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, once you cracked it open you shoul[​IMG]d see the little white bulls eye
     
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  5. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    How old is the roo in question?

    I had a broody a few years back, so I let her sit on ten eggs fertilized by my six-month old Cochin roo. None hatched. No development at all in any of them. I concluded he was too immature to be fully fertile, and this is indeed the case with many of the larger breeds. They don't mature as soon as most standard size roosters.

    But that white "bull's eye" won't lie. It's unmistakable, about a quarter inch in size on the yolk.
     
  6. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Rooster is about a year old. I would think that is old enough but I really don't know. I will break a few of the eggs after they lay today and see if they look fertile.
     
  7. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw the bulls eye in some eggs but not in all. He is doing his job but not covering three hens. Strange.
     
  8. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Not strange at all, for one-year old. Have you watched your rooster mate? It can be quite hilarious. My rooster took a good three years to perfect his technique. It requires perfect balance, the ability to get in just the right position, and the agility to stay long enough to hit the target. My roo would fall off more often than not, and there would be times when he would fall off the hen because he'd lost his balance, and ended up somersaulting over her head. Certainly not the most dignified action.

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  9. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is hilarious. I have seen my rooster fall off. He just gets up and tries again.
     

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