Chickens are the most common bird in agriculture. You can meet her in almost every yard. But as for breeding, and not content, then not all owners can give good advice. How does a rooster chicken fertilize? How to check whether eggs are suitable for breeding? And also, how many females one male can fertilize, read further in the article.
Love games in chickens
As you know, chickens live only in groups. And in this situation, the group must have a strict hierarchy, the top, which is occupied by the largest and most powerful rooster. But sometimes it also happens that a big and strong one cannot cope with a smaller rooster. Then the championship in the group goes to the last.
The right to primacy is not subject to dispute. As soon as the slightest signs of an attempt on power appear, a violent fight begins between competitors. The victor retains power, and the loser shamefully escapes. And it happens, always and in all chickens.
The leader of the group has great advantages over the rest of the roosters. All the concubines are at his disposal. And he does the mating ritual whenever he wants and with whom he wants. For chickens, it is difficult to call a nice pairing, because during it the cock sits on top of the back of the female and with its beak clings to the back of her head. Therefore, often the chicken tries to get away from the anxious male, which sometimes can even turn out.
The cock-leader always shows the chickens that he is the chief and tries to constantly care for and seduce them like a real gentleman.. By flirting, he can walk around the chicken and leg scrape the wing down. And finding a tidbit or a worm, be sure to call the rest of the chickens and give it to them. It would seem that the limits of his caresses no boundaries.
But during the molting period everything changes. The rooster ceases to care and trample chickens. He can even peck and drive away females from feeders and drinkers. This behavior lasts only during the molting period. As soon as it stops everything becomes old.
The secret of the process of fertilization
As it is known, chickens have no sexual organ. But as we see it does not prevent the rooster from being a great lover. The question is brewing, how do chickens breed then? Everything is simple, it happens in a cloacal way. As the rooster tramples the hen, his cesspool turns out and the sex glands begin to secrete.
Then his cesspool is in contact with the cesspool of the hen and thus the seed gets inside the female. Once inside, it can remain active for up to 20 days. All eggs laid during this period will be fertilized. But what about the process of conception?
The fact is that the chicken ovary resembles a ripe bunch of grapes. Every day a ripened egg comes off of it, which is an egg cell. From the oviduct it enters the hen cloaca where the seed is waiting for him. While the egg is still soft, the process of fertilization takes place. Then, during 23-24 hours, the egg hardens and becomes covered with a shell, and after this period it is brought out.
How to check whether eggs are fertilized?
This is very easy to do. You need to put an egg in front of a bright light source, which can be a simple light bulb. Then it will be a little translucent. This is enough to notice a black dot near its center. If it is, then everything is fine, if not, then nothing will hatch from such an egg.
How many chickens can one fertilize a rooster?
Roosters, though not having a sexual organ, are violent lovers. After molting, its testes increase by almost 20 percent. Thus, one male can cope with many beautiful chickens. But it will be correct to keep 1 cock for 10-12 hens. So you can be sure that all females will be fertilized.
It is not recommended to keep a larger number of roosters than given above. This will lead to constant competition and fights. Also, the frequent marking of chickens can lead to serious injuries of the latter. They may even die.