Sterile Rooster???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lazyoranch, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. lazyoranch

    lazyoranch In the Brooder

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    I have a Speckled Sussex rooster who will be 6 months old next week. My girls, who are the same age, have been laying for about a month now. So far, I have not gotten any fertile eggs. Could he be sterile, or is he still young and just missing the mark, or something like that? Thanks!
     

  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member 8 Years

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    Have you witnessed him mounting his girls???
     
  3. lazyoranch

    lazyoranch In the Brooder

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    Yes, I have.
     
  4. mychookschick

    mychookschick Songster

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    Yes, we need to know if you have seen him "do his thing".... If not then, no... he is not sterile just not interested [​IMG] But, if you have seen him, then yes, he may be sterile....

    ETA: Oops.... you posted while I was working on my post...
     
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  5. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member 8 Years

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    Agree. I'd give him a little bit longer to mature cause he could just be moving slow. But after that then yes I'd say he was sterile!!
     
  6. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That is pretty young.....he probably just needs some practice........Crossing my fingers for ya!
     
  7. When he mounts your hens does he actually move his tail and mate them?

    Just asking because I have a SLW and he will mate once out of every 10 times he mounts a hen. The other times he just stands on their backs looking around. Cant' figure out exactly what he's up to????? [​IMG]
     

  8. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

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    Sometimes the hen's feathers have to be trimmed for the rooster to be able to reach his target, too. How fluffy-butted are the hens?
     
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member 8 Years

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    Quote:This is a good question. I'd watch them and make sure. If your looking at them from behind you should be able to see both vent areas!!
     

  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    6 months is still pretty young, give him a few more months to mature.
     

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