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Sterile rooster

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ted n Ms, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone ever had a sterile rooster. I have started two batches of eggs in a bator with a Incu Therm plus for reference. The fist batch stayed in for 11 days. I candled them and nothing, So i took them out and broke them one by one in a bowl. Not a one had anything but a enlarged yolk. I started a new batch with 24 . After 12 days i candled them last night. I can't see anything. I think my rooster is shooting blanks. He about three years old.
     
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  2. howfunkyisurchicken

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    What breed are they? Some fluffier breeds need to be trimmed around the vent on both roo and hens to make contact.


    And, another obvious question but, did you calibrate all of your instruments before you set the eggs?

    Its possible that his age is making him less inclined to mate, but I've had roos much older still provide me with fertile eggs (ornamental and dual purpose breeds).
     
  3. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens are production reds, the rooster is roadisland red.
    Both the thermometer that came with farm innovations and the incu therm that came from incubators warehouse agree.
     
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a RIR shouldn't be having problems at 3 but it could be are you sure he is mating with them sometimes a roo may just get pushed away.
     
  5. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep every day
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

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    What do they eat? Any sign of illness? Just trying to cover all the bases. It is possible that the rooster could be sterile, but he's really not that old. Have you ever hatched eggs from these birds before?
     
  7. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed them layer pellets and scrapes and they free range about three hours in the afternoon. All seem to be healthy. This is my first time to try hatching.
     
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  8. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. howfunkyisurchicken

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    Agreed. Most layer pellets are around 16% protein, and you're cutting that with scraps. You might step up to an all flock/grower type feed to see if that helps. Mine are on a starter/grower thats 20% protein (with oyster shell on the side for calcium) and they occasionally get some scraps and a little bit of scratch as a treat. Layer really isn't that great for roosters, they don't lay eggs, so they don't require the calcium it contains. All that being said, some people feed layer for a roosters entire life (or worse, feed nothing but scratch) and still manage to hatch eggs.

    It might be time to consider another roo :/
     
  10. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am feeding mine 22% protein( free choice) plus oyster shell.
     

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