Someone told me that once a purebred hen has mated with a rooster of another breed, she will never have a pure bred chick even when bred with a same breed rooster. Is this true?
Breeding purebred chickens
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No that's false. It's a common myth when breeding purebred animals though. I've heard the same when people refer to breeding purebred dogs. You need to keep the hen away from the rooster for about three weeks to make sure that the eggs are pure but after that you are good to go. I have the chicks to prove that this can be done.
Females have pouches located inside the reproductive canal that hold and store sperm. Sperm from different roosters can be stored at the same time in the pouches. The sperm can live inside the pouches for up to three weeks. Most sperm will last only two weeks but some can live a little longer. When the female ovulates the pouches release some sperm that then swim up to the egg and the egg becomes fertilized.
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