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

  1. crzychicken

    crzychicken Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    [​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 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    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 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    North Carolina
    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 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    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.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  5. crzychicken

    crzychicken Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    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 Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Southern CA
    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

    Dec 3, 2008
    If he can crow, he can sow. How funny!!!!! Roosters are so much like human males, aren't they?

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