Similar issues here and I've heard several other breeders complaining of the same thing. The theory is that the skirt feathers on their bums prevent them from getting the deed done well. Lots of breeders are trimming the skirt feathers around the vents to make it easier. I'm waiting to see but might give it a go if things don't start improving with the warmer weather setting in.I am incubating BBS ameraucana! Very excited and looking to order a couple more colors I'm in love with the fluffy cheeks and pretty eggs, what can I say!
I'm checking again tomorrow, but I think 3 of my 5 lavender orpington eggs are not fertilized. Is this typical of all orpingtons early in the year or????
On a side note. Cogburn (my Chocolate Mottled English Orpington Rooster) hates water. We got home last night after dark from loading hay to bring to the horse barn and he hollered from the horse pasture. He wouldn't go under the gate like the girls did to get back to the barn and his bed because he would have to step in the puddle that was there to do it. I had to open the gate for him and pick him up to carry him over the puddle. Crazy Rooster lol.