Rooster's been busy

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Orpstralope, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. Orpstralope

    Orpstralope XL College Raised Eggs

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    So I've been saving up a special pile of eggs to feed back to the hens today and I cooked about 20 for them to eat. I've got 8 girls that are laying right now (out of 20,every day there is another laying getting used to the cold) and one rooster for all 20 hens. 75% of the eggs I cracked this morning were fertilized (from the past 5 days), and my question is: can my roo really be getting that busy? That's six girls. How many hens does a single rooster normally mate with?
     
  2. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
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    He will try to mate with all of them. But he does not have to get the same hen every day. even if you take him out for a few days you would still have fertile eggs. A average ratio is 1 rooster : 10 hens. A rooster can fertilize more than 10 hens.
     
  3. Orpstralope

    Orpstralope XL College Raised Eggs

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    Ok. so my question is, can you eat eggs that have the bull-eye in the yolk? Also, can you candle them the day of, or a few days after collection to see if they are fertile? Muchas gracias y que tengais un buen noche!
     
  4. edselpdx

    edselpdx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why would you NOT be able to eat them? If you don't have a sitting hen they will never develop, and even if you do have a broody, you might not want babes. No problem eating fertilized eggs.
     

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