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#1 2012-09-05 01:18:08

riverbendfarm
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From: Baker Settlement, Nova Scotia
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Fertility Troubles: The Roo Who Did...and the Roo Who Didn't

I just had a hatch that wasn't exactly textbook and I needed to ask some questions of the eggheads...I mean eggsperts! :happycrowd"

I set a hatch of Black Pennies but it seems none of my eggs were fertile. I cracked em all after the hatch and it was messy yolks everywhere. It appears my roo has lost interest in his girl! :shock: Have you guys ever had this happen and is there a way I could "jumpstart" his lagging libido? My hen has just come off a moult and I was wondering if that may be a factor, but she is laying beautiful huge dark eggs. Normally a Black Penny roo is supposed to be able to service 10 girls easily, and he's only a year old.

When I set the hatch I threw in three EO pullet eggs, and lo and behold imagine my excitement when one of the tiny eggs pipped!

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj587/riverbendfarmss/4249FD21-8B15-4664-81E0-BCBA763D5AF1-21843-0000221834086A82.jpg

I was very excited, but I had a bit of trepidation as I had just removed my black silkie from the EO's group as he was covering the hens. Now admittedly the girls are less than picky as the EO roos were covering them too. Weeeellll....the chick hatched, and apparently momma has some explaining to do!

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj587/riverbendfarmss/54CA486B-3DE6-4B51-A136-BFBC49278D7F-21843-00002218495FD02B.jpg

Yep, black fuzzy chick with 5 toes, a pouf on his head and fluffy feet! :duh:

That will teach me to be slack in my housing accommodations! So now we have "Chicken Little" as a pet. The thing is likely to grow up an oddball misfit struggling with identity issues...


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#2 2012-09-05 01:34:05

ipf
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From: Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
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Re: Fertility Troubles: The Roo Who Did...and the Roo Who Didn't

What's the genetic background of your roo?

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#3 2012-09-05 01:34:28

Susan
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Re: Fertility Troubles: The Roo Who Did...and the Roo Who Didn't

Lol! We have a number of Silkaloloas around thanks to me too! Don't worry. They are pretty cute. Probably good moms too. Wonder if your Penny hen doesn't like the roo? That can happen.

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#4 2012-09-05 01:39:19

riverbendfarm
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Re: Fertility Troubles: The Roo Who Did...and the Roo Who Didn't

Both roo and hen are from Skeffling lines. They have proven before as I have 4 chicks from them. The hen is glued to the roo like crazy. He seems quite active as well. We have had an extended hot dry summer however, and that could perhaps be the issue. The eggs were stored for a week in my basement, but the temps were high, around 65 degrees celsius. I wonder if that just caused the eggs not to develop?

We call our "chicken Little" an EFro and my daughter loves him already...of course :excited:

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No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#5 2012-09-05 03:05:48

picis peeps
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Registered: 2012-07-16
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Re: Fertility Troubles: The Roo Who Did...and the Roo Who Didn't

Oh he is so cute,  me and DH have been laughing so hard our ribs hurt.  I want one of these!

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#6 2012-09-05 03:27:40

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
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Re: Fertility Troubles: The Roo Who Did...and the Roo Who Didn't

They truly are adorable little birds. I ended up :eat: the boys (as most boys around here are destined to the pot) but the little girl now lives in Port Alberny with one of our new members on this site =D

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd420/801Islandgirl/2012-06-07NewEOsfromHugh051.jpg She is on the left


XOX Monika

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#7 2012-09-05 11:22:51

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Re: Fertility Troubles: The Roo Who Did...and the Roo Who Didn't

As for your infertile penny eggs...it could be a few different things. You could try separating the rooster from his hen for a few days or a week. Sometimes absent makes the heart grow fonder. If you have seen them mate but her eggs are still not fertile she may not like him as apparently hens can selectively expel the sperm from a rooster they don't prefer.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#8 2012-09-06 18:52:19

NaturesPace
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Re: Fertility Troubles: The Roo Who Did...and the Roo Who Didn't

i might have some EO/Welsummers hatching in 18 days and an EO/Orpington. I like the idea of having some half-breeds out there. I wonder if the EO personalities will come through.

will my EO pullet with Welsummer cockerel be sex linked?


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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