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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:12 pm 
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I am discovering infertility extends beyond humans....
I have set my second lot of eggs and unfortunately they are not fertile.
At what age will their reproductive systems mature? My boy looks like he is doing his part!
Any advice is greatly appreciated

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 Post subject: Re: Fertility issues
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:11 pm 
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I am having the same trouble with my silkie hen, it was suggested that I trim her tail feathers, but tbh it seems that the rooster is simply not interested in her as a woman, only as a friend lol.
What breed of chickens do you have?


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 Post subject: Re: Fertility issues
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:18 pm 
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Hamburghs. They are 10 to 12 months old, are they too young?


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 Post subject: Re: Fertility issues
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:43 pm 
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give them time.
it is early in the season, and its common for first eggs to be infertile

there shouldn't be a need to trim fethers of hamburgs.

young birds sometimes take a while to become fertile,

don't knwo how virile hamburghs are.

grayzie,
the rooster often has his way with his hens at dawn/first light, so its possible you may not be seeing the mating occuring. how old are you birds?

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 Post subject: Re: Fertility issues
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:08 pm 
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i don't mean to take over this thread sorry teags, hopefully your hamburgs will produce fertile eggs asap

.... I keep the silkie rooster in a box and let him out about 8:30 - 9am coz we are in town. When I let him out he goes straight for my pretty bantam wyandotte and occasionally for the frizzle but I have never ever seen him remotely interested in the buff silkie hen. He treats her like a sister (he is not related). He crowed a lot when the silkie hen was separated in a broody box a few weeks ago, so he likes her around lol but she is too nice, she hasn't got the x-factor like the wyandotte does ... very frustrating!


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 Post subject: Re: Fertility issues
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:17 pm 
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:-) My roo is night boxed too!


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 Post subject: Re: Fertility issues
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:07 am 
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Could you move one or both of the constantly chosen hens away from where the silkie and rooster will spend their time, so that he is more inclined to mate with her. Just for even a few days and see how it goes. If you don't have an extra coop, you could may be just collect the hens and let them have a day outside the run, whilst rooster and silkie are inside??

I also have similar issues that one of my hens, who just behaves a bit awkward in the act, get's left alone most of the time and her eggs have not been fertile, but they were last year. I have just moved some hens away from the rooster and the select hen to try and increase my odds of her becoming fertile again. But also to collect eggs from these select hens to incubate, because sometimes it gets hard knowing which exact chicken has laid which egg. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Fertility issues
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:45 pm 
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My silkie was very well treaded by a mate however in a just completed hatch every one of hers was infertile/lacked development whereas the other hens had good fertility. Her eggs prior to setting did look to have the fertile 'bullseye'.
I would give your silkie(s) a really careful haircut around the vent to expose it - not down to skin but clearing away the feather duster effect and see how you go again.

Two of my hens who are definitely not rooster favourites had excellent fertility also so he was obviously doing it less often but still plenty with them when we were not looking ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Fertility issues
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:32 pm 
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thankyou :) i will do both separating the silkie hen and rooster as well as another cutting away of the fluff, as soon as the hen is laying again after being broody ... waiting waiting lol


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