Will a rooster breed a hen who has quit laying eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickngranny, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. chickngranny

    chickngranny Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 5 year old New Hamp roo. He doesn't breed the chickens like he used to, in fact, I had 14 eggs under a broody and only 2 were fertilized. Do roosters know if a chicken is done laying eggs? Or is he just not breeding anymore because of his age? I got another rooster last week (golden laced wyandotte) and he is trying to breed some of the hens, when Henry doesn't run him off. [​IMG]My husband wondered if they quit breeding the hens when the egg laying is done.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally they do stop breeding non laying hens. However with his age there is the problem that that he may not be as fertile himself. The 14 eggs under a broody and only two hatch is a good indicator.
     

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