What age do cockerels loose fertility?

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  1. ryanboi1234

    ryanboi1234 Out Of The Brooder

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    What age do cockerels loose fertility?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Cockerels being young male chickens generally have high fertility. I have had roosters remain fertile their entire life. I had a friend who had a closed flock of White Crested Black Polish that was derived from a single pair. These seriously inbred roosters tended to lose fertility around 3 or 4 years of age. Some heavy breed roosters retain fertility but become so arthritic that they can no longer effectively breed hens.
     

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