Will Roo start to mate again after accident?

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  1. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! We have a great rooster, Mr. Cletus. He ignores people and takes great care of the girls. I would love to have a Mr. Cletus Jr from him, but so far have 6 daughters, and he is getting up there in age. Folks on here figured him to be about 7+ years old, we got him about 3 years ago and have noticed he has been "shooting more blanks" as the years have gone by, so fewer eggs have been fertile anyway. Then, a little while ago, I found him caught, hanging by a spur from the liner I had on the poop board. He was pretty lame, and I wasn't even sure he would make it. Well, he has healed :), back doing all of his other rooster duties, except THAT one. He also seems more subdued. Has anyone had an injured/ stressed roo quit mounting? Complete recovering time? Is he just too old? Any thoughts? Thank you!
    Oh, he is a really well mannered EE roo, others have said he has great coloring, but I am more interested in his personality being passed down
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I guess it is time for you to keep an eye on your eggs.....Watch him for mating again or Try and locate someone with another Docile Roo that you can get a Cockerel from?


    Cheers!
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Wow, no cockerels out of him, how many have you hatched from him????

    As to his virility, if he's not doing it, he's not doing it......could be the guesstimate on age or other factors.
    But not much you can do about it.
    I assume you are in the US-Carolinas......fall can be slow time for mating, especially if he's molting.
    Springtime he might be more 'productive'.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    As for the male/female chick ratio, that is controlled by the hen. People would love to have hens that produce just pullets.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    True Dat^^^

    Should have asked how many chicks out of how many different hens?
     
  6. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, Aart! I was kinda hoping that fall might be a "slow season" and that he might pick back up again in the spring. We are in South Carolina, he sort of molted his big ol' tail feathers, but so far nothing else...the girls are almost naked, though.

    We have successfully raised 6 hens from him from 3 moms. The first spring, when we got him, we had store bought chicks and so were collecting eggs and discouraging broodies. However, we were out of town for about 2 weeks and had a hen (black australorp) go broody the day we left...judging by the number of eggs under her when we got back...13. Anyway, of those, 8 hatched, never saw 2 of the chicks, Mr. No-Legs finished them off right away. The remaining 6, 5 were solid black and one was silver/grey with a reddish patch in the middle of his little back. I say his because I think it may have been a boy...Anyway, no matter where we tried to put mom and chicke, that darned snake would manage to find them, he got all of them, but 2. Solid black muffed cuties, olive eggers. The next spring, this year, one of those girls went broody. Put 7 eggs under her, one hatched, from our little Sicilian Buttercup, but 3 days later, snake again! Of the other eggs, one was badly cracked and held an almost ready to hatch chick, dead, the others were duds. Put 7 in an incubator, hatched 2 from BSL mom, they are brown, muffed, typical EE pattern, but brown, olive eggers, just started to lay a couple of weeks ago. And 2 from our EE hen, one is completely white, the other is black and white, neither of these are laying yet, but their momma didn't start until early spring when she was young. So, there are my 6 hens from good old Mr. Cletus.
     
  7. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know, right! Every other time I am hoping for hens and get a bunch of boys!

    I have been watching the eggs, so far none are fertile. I am hoping Spring will bring me better news. Will fill my incubator...with my luck everyone will be a hen! :D Anybody want some?
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    So lots of bad luck with chick survival......but good luck with survivors being female.

    I'm betting he's just not mating right now....because he's molting and not as active...and hens are molting to and even if laying not likely to allow mounting.

    My cockbird and most the hens are molting now...he's not getting much action except with the pullets....hens are turning him down and he's not trying too hard to pursue them.
     
  9. lazy gardener

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    [​IMG] "Not tonight dear, my feathers ache!"
     

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