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

chickngranny

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jun 6, 2012
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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.
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My husband wondered if they quit breeding the hens when the egg laying is done.
 

Den in Penn

Songster
8 Years
Dec 15, 2011
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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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