Hatching pekin bantam eggs

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Hatching pekin bantam eggs

Postby gunn » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:14 pm

Hi I have been trying to incubate pekin bantam eggs. The first lot there were 3 fertile out of about 8. This time only 1 out of 12 was fertile :| I have just had a go at trimming the hens vent feathers. Just wondering if anyone can give me any further help. Do I need to trim the rooster too? And does anyone have any helpful experience/advice? Thanks
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Re: Hatching pekin bantam eggs

Postby Marina » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:33 pm

You need to trim both the rooster's and the hen's feathers around the vent area. How old is your male? The older roosters are the lower their fertility.

Hopefully the next lot will be better but I have to say that everyone I talk to has low fertility this season - and this includes my chooks of various breeds.
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Re: Hatching pekin bantam eggs

Postby nhb » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:34 pm

I just candled. two different batches 10 days apart. From the same breeding group, and the fertility has gone from 25-75% . So things are hopefully on the up.
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Re: Hatching pekin bantam eggs

Postby gunn » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:54 pm

I hope so! My rooster is about a year and a half old. I trimmed him today so here's hoping I do better with the next lot.
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