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Old rooster.......
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Rhonda    Posted 12-09-2003 at 19:54:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi everyone. I have free-range Black Australorp chickens and my rooster is now three years old. My question is: How often should I replace my rooster? Is in-breeding a problem? He seems to be doing a "good job" but lately it seems that the egg production isn't what it should be. I usually have plenty of eggs right on through the winter months. (I live in Southern Illinois) Also, a lot of my eggs didn't hatch in the spring. If anyone knows the answer, please let me know. Thanks.

CountryMaritimer    Posted 12-10-2003 at 06:50:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are on schedule such that we will replace keep 6 girls for two years but will get rid of 6 and replace with new girls every year. Some get pretty ratty looking by late fall and if you get the new birds in the spring they are laying by the time the older hens begin to moult. We have two roosters and 16 hens, the roosters fight from time to time but mostly stay clear of one another. I don't give them extra light and they get no heat. The temperature dropped to -21 C last night, they do sometimes get a little frostbite but nothing serious. Survival of the fittest. They get outside when they want...I keep a little yard shovelled for them. We are getting near 12 eggs daily, not bad for this time of year! Good luck.

toolman/ heyCountryMartim    Posted 12-10-2003 at 14:12:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey i sorta have a strange request, im orginally from springhill n.s. , do you perhaps know of and forums something along the lines of this one where one could get together with folks back home and b s if so i would be very gratefull if you could post and addy or two thanks, a homesick toolman,lol.

Okie-Dokiee    Posted 12-10-2003 at 05:50:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
WE are not experts, but here's what we do here. We like to replace all our birds at about three years. Seems like the 2d year is the most productive so the third spring we try to sell ours out and replace with new chicks. We have always used McMurray Hatchery, but this bunch just never produced like we expected and the eggs are pretty small. These were Dark Cornish Games. I think we will try Rhode Island Reds this sping.

Calypso    Posted 12-10-2003 at 04:53:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Rhonda - we also have free-range Black Australorp chickens mixed in with some Rhode Is. Reds & Plymouth Rocks - Mel our Black Australorp rooster is just over three years old. He stopped crowing about one year ago and has taken on more of a hen like presence than his first two years. As example, he used to stand over the girls and let them eat the scraps we would bring out for them - now he is right in there with them eating - seems to be somewhat less protective - but I think it is in part due to his feeling comfortable with his surroundings (I sound like a chicken shrink ;-) In any case, as was said, the rooster shouldn't effect egg production. This time of year you will see a drop in production - if you give them auxiliary lighting, some heat and dry warm accommodations it might keep the production up some. Also, if the girls are about the same age as your rooster you will see a drop in egg production - they lay their most in the first two years. We add to our little group with a few new chickens every year - so we have some older ones mixed with younger. We keep between 9-12 birds and average 4 eggs a day which is plenty for our household, We nearly always maintain a backlog of 2 dozen eggs or so. When it gets to three doz. we make flaun, devil eggs, egg salad or some other large quantity of eggs recipe ;-) We are vegetarians and do not kill our birds - we lose one occasionally to a predator or old age. They are great pets!

sid    Posted 12-10-2003 at 19:49:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Please explain I thought vegetarians, only ate plants and such. I have heard that vegetarians do not drink milk either. Is this so? thanks

Stretch    Posted 12-10-2003 at 03:19:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your rooster won't have any effect on egg production. Hens will lay without benefit of a rooster. It will effect the hatch, but so do a lot of other things. And yes his age affect him, but usually as long as he is "active" he will be OK. If you add another younger rooster to the flock there is a chance you're going to see some fighting. BTW, how many hens do you have? We used to figure 10 hens to 1 rooster for a good hatch percentage. A hen only needs to be bred about once a week to lay fertile eggs.

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