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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:24 am 
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Two years ago in June 2015 I bought three show quality hens and a rooster . I collected eggs and waited patiently for chicks but the eggs were never fertile. That rooster died in the Jan and he was always a weak fella do it wasn't completely unexpected .
So I contacted the breeder told him of my drama and bought another rooster.
Now I am having trouble getting this one to mate. The breeder gave me an older rooster this time thinking she may have been the prob before . . What can I do? The hens are great healthy girls and are big girls. I let our other rooster in with them and I could hatch his eggs from them in my rcom incubator no problem .
Is there a trick to getting a rooster to get going besides the berroca trick pls?

I know it's not my rcom ( I recently had a 99% success hatch with some backyard eggs) .

Any advice appreciated . :peece


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:37 am 
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What breed are they?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:46 am 
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Dark barred Plymouth rock


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:14 pm 
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I don't know how true it actually is, but I have *heard* that if birds are too closely related or too inbred they often don't reproduce. But like I said, it's just one of those things I've heard and I've never looked into further to see how true it is, and it's irrelevant if your birds aren't actually closely related.

I think though, if you have tried two roosters from the same breeder without any success, I'd source a different rooster or cockerel from somewhere else.

If you didn't have success with a different rooster in with the hens then I'd say trimming the feathers around their vents couldn't hurt, but it doesn't seem to be causing any issues. And they aren't really a breed where feathers can interfere, like they do with Pekin Bantams. I guess you could try trimming his feathers and see if that improves his aim a bit (if aim is the problem).

I wonder if anyone does semen analysis on rooster sperm?

Lol, ok I'm being useless and just ramble-talking at you. Disregard!


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