Why isnt my rooster fertilizing my eggs when hes 11 months!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by happyhens44, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    Hes a 11 month old Barred rock, For sure male. And Say if I were to crack open 5 eggs, I bet if I was lucky 1 would be fertile Whats wrong with him! [​IMG] [​IMG] I want to hatch babies from my coop, not the neighbors again.
     
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  2. Four Oaks Bantams

    Four Oaks Bantams Out Of The Brooder

    Have you checked his buut to make sure that he does not have mites?
     
  3. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    I checked him 1 week ago. But hes very healthy looking. Feathers are in perfect shape.

    Maybe hes a very late bloomer, He started crowing at 7 months.
     
  4. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    How do you tell by cracking an egg open? I haven't ever heard of that?

    -Nate
     
  5. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you know they are not fertile?
    You can't tell in the first few days after they are layed.

    In a home flock the best way to tell if eggs are fertile would be for a broody hen to sit and incubate them.
     
  6. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Quote:Ummm...no. You can tell a fertile egg by the "bullseye" in the yolk.
     
  7. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    Sorry guys Ive done both, Like I said, most likely if you where to crack my eggs open for like every 6th egg one might be fertile.

    And I had a broody sit one 6 of my eggs, And not one formed, At day 12 I cracked them and they had no development.
     
  8. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I hate to say it, but I'd guess you need a different roo.

    People can be sterile so i guess chickens can, too. Maybe that's not specifically his problem, but whatever it is, he's evidently not getting the job done, and he's plenty old enough.

    You'd be an ideal home for all those people with accidental roos out there who don't want their roo eaten and can't keep him. Maybe you can find one or post that you want one here on BYC.
     
  10. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Thanks HappyHenss44. I knew I'd seen that somewhere but didn't have it bookmarked so I couldn't find it to add to my post....
     

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