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 Post subject: Rooster fertility
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:40 pm 
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My 2y.o. light Sussex rooster fathered 2 batches last year with a strike rate of 95%.
A couple of months ago I put him with 6 hens and then set a batch of some 24 eggs, out of which I got 4 live chickens only. Most of the eggs had nearly full-term development but didn't hatch. Also, I notice that 3 of the hatched chicks have quite poor feathering, but suspected he might not be purebred and has something lurking in the gene-pool.
From those same hens, I set another batch of about 30 eggs about 4 weeks back. No chickens at all, and no development in the eggs this time.
Could he have become completely infertile, or is it something I can fix? I admit that I haven't been worming them at all, but I had them on a Showbird pellet right through.
I broke 4 eggs from yesterday and it appears only one may have been fertile; however, this was from 15 birds, not a selection.
All advice appreciated
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 Post subject: Re: Rooster fertility
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:45 pm 
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You could try trimming the rear fluff off the breeders. Sussex can be quite fluffy.

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 Post subject: Re: Rooster fertility
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:05 pm 
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Hi Cathy
Thanks for that. What is the best way to do that - catch and pluck their vents, or trim with scissors?
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 Post subject: Re: Rooster fertility
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Trim with scissors. Sussex skin can tear if you try to pluck.

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 Post subject: Re: Rooster fertility
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:10 pm 
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I trimmed the rooster's vent tonight and have put him with six hens. I'll test the eggs in 5 days, then look at pruning the hens as well if there are no bulls' eyes, then repeat the testing after 5 days.
With no fertile eggs at all from my last setting, I'm hoping the problem is his, not theirs, and that it might all be fixed by a quick trim. And I used scissors rather than just plucking - his vent looked irritated enough without that.
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