Roster has his favorites

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redneck, May 20, 2008.

  1. redneck

    redneck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been watching my rooster lately. It seems he has his favorite hens. I only have four hens and he only services 2, the other 2 he never bothers. I have been checking the eggs and 2 out of 4 are infertile. Is this normal?
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Yes it is normal.

    I have a roo in with 18 hens and you can tell his fav's by the missing saddle feathers.
     
  3. GAhen

    GAhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roo has his favorites too.I think he mates with them all but has those that he mates with more.
    I love having my roo, cause he does a great job protecting his flock, but he has about 4-6 favorites. I have provided him with 12 hens so my hens would not suffer from "rooster rash", but it has not worked.
    Should I seperate my roo from his favorites for a while?????
     
  4. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
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    I think everyone has this problem if they have fertile egg's.I have thought that I was the only one that had some bare back hen's but I know that's not the case.I have hens with bare backs and one's in the same pen that don't have a feather missing yet their egg's are fertile.Go figure.
     
  5. fivebigreds

    fivebigreds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't speak for all roo's but, my big BLRW goes for the girls that are closes to his size . Which none are very close he is so tall and long.
     
  6. redneck

    redneck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The two hens that he ignores are considerably smaller than him.
     

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