This might be a dumb question but..

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crzychicken, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. crzychicken

    crzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] help! I have 31 chickens I have 5 RIR 5 EE's, 3 Black Giants, 2 golden comets 2 redsexlink, 2 dom, 2 leghorn, 1 Buff Orp., 2 barred rock bantam, 1 brama bantam and 5 silkies and out of 31chicks I have one Blue silkie that is a ROO [​IMG]. Will he fertilize all of the eggs or just the silkies? he has yet to crowed he is just 20 weeks old but has a large comb I want to get a dom roo or cuckoo roo. should I re-home him ?
     
  2. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt that he will be able to fertilize all the eggs from 30 hens. If you really want fertile eggs, pen him with about 10-12 hens that you like the best and keep those eggs. 30 hens is definitely too much for a young rooster.
     
  3. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes he could do all of them, not just the silkies like him.
    could he handle all these hens, this young, probably not.
    he is a walking baby maker --LOL
     
  4. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good advice - 1 roo for every 8 to 12 girls. What you will end up with is a very tired rooster (look for bags under his eyes and the ice pack he will carry around) and spotty at best fertilization.
     
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  5. crzychicken

    crzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the Info BYCer's he is 20 weeks old has not crowed yet. What age will he fertilize eggs I might want to let one silikie hatch some eggs he is a very handsome blue silkie roo. I have 1 white hen 2 buff hens non bearded and 1 black/blue breaded hen which should I hatch eggs from anyone got any Info on what I would get for chicks ?
     
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Ok, friend. Picture this: One roo has a harem of 15 girls. Ok, a few times a day, 7 days a week. 31??? He will um, mate himself to death. HAHAHA! The ratio is usually 10-15 hens per roo - we have 16 and he is fine I would not personally add another girl to his flock at this point.

    And he is a silkie - smaller and more delicate! Poor guy is probably making himself crazy! [​IMG]
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:If he is riding the hens then he is mating..... I think you would some very interesting silkie crosses there.... I would buy some!
     
  8. mainchick

    mainchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just remember the advice "if he can crow, he can sow" meaning he will be sexually mature. Also, fluff birds like silkies and cochins have a harder time inseminating hens and fluffy hens have a harder time becoming pregnant.
     
  9. Splash_Guard

    Splash_Guard Set Free

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    If he can crow, he can sow. How funny!!!!! Roosters are so much like human males, aren't they?
     

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