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So I want to give breeding a whirl... my questions are: 

1. Is it OK to just put in 1 hen and the Rooster or is it better to have multiple hens? 

2. How long does it take to "do the deed & get it done"?

2a. We are planning to let her hatch them herself, is it wait and see if some hatch how many are left over as rotten eggs? or... do I steal them out, try to candle them and put 'em back or take 'em in?

 

Any other suggestions, tips, or advice would be greatly appreciated! 

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Originally Posted by SammyLady View Post
 

So I want to give breeding a whirl... my questions are: 

1. Is it OK to just put in 1 hen and the Rooster or is it better to have multiple hens? 

You can but she may look a little rough if there aren't more or her isn't gentle, some roos are gentle, some aren't

2. How long does it take to "do the deed & get it done"?

​You could put her in there and he jump her right away sometimes roods take a while, she can be fertile for up to a month

2a. We are planning to let her hatch them herself, is it wait and see if some hatch how many are left over as rotten eggs? or... do I steal them out, try to candle them and put 'em back or take 'em in?

An incubator is a better option because you cannot make a hen go broody and not all broodies are perfect most are but there is the occasional one, that way you can candle and toss the duds as needed, when a hen goes broody she will lay long enough to fill her nest and then she will quit laying and only start back after the chicks are more or less grown.

Any other suggestions, tips, or advice would be greatly appreciated! 

post #3 of 9
Depends on the male. I have some that are paired up all year no problems and some males need to be kept by themselves cause of over breeding.
The deed takes about 5seconds. Lets say u pair them up on mud nd at after first breeding eggs will be fertile approx 36hrs later that single mating can produce fertile eggs for approx 12 days.
I would just leave her be and whatever hatches hatches.
post #4 of 9
I believe fertile for a month is exaggerating it.

When clearing a hen out to breed between males 2weeks time is common
I just had a conversation on the subject and that was the consensus
Is a month hearsay?
Edited by sdm111 - 4/15/16 at 4:58pm
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I have had eggs hatch after the roo had been go a month and there was no way any of the hens were roos mistaken for hens, and no roos could have gotten to the hens.

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Ok
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I believe fertile for a month is exaggerating it.

When clearing a hen out to breed between males 2weeks time is common
I just had a conversation on the subject and that was the consensus
Is a month hearsay?

I have seen it myself with my own birds, we got rid of the roo he was mean, and we would keep his daughters for laying and his sons would go into the freezer, but we were hatching eggs from his set of hens and had eggs hatch for 1 month after taking him out.

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Originally Posted by SammyLady View Post
 

So I want to give breeding a whirl... my questions are: 

1. Is it OK to just put in 1 hen and the Rooster or is it better to have multiple hens? 

2. How long does it take to "do the deed & get it done"?

2a. We are planning to let her hatch them herself, is it wait and see if some hatch how many are left over as rotten eggs? or... do I steal them out, try to candle them and put 'em back or take 'em in?

 

Any other suggestions, tips, or advice would be greatly appreciated! 

1) Depends on how long you are keeping them together. For mating purposes for a short period would probably work, for an extended time I would think that poor hen would be overmated. One roo can cover between 10-20 hens depending on the roo. My larger coop my boy has 23 hens and keeps them all well and mated and I still have 3 or 4 that must be his favs cause their poor feathers are looking like they need saddles.

 

2)How long before he'll mate the hen or how long does it take to mate? Like stated the roo could take to the hen immediately or he could decide he's not so....excited. How long it takes to mate....if you blink you'll miss it.

 

2a. (Why not 3?? ;))  Letting her hatch herself may not be an option if she isn't already broody Hens don't go broody on demand and broodiness is very much a breed trait. Some breeds are known for it, others it's rare in. If in fact you have a broody, best thing you can do is collect and store the eggs until you have what you want to set under her (most people only collect for up to a week) and give them all back so they are all incubated on the same time line so  there is a better chance that she will remain on them until all viables hatch.  You can candle a broody's eggs, though most don't. They just let her do her thing. I did candle mine, (not nearly as much as I do with incubating), but I wanted to know what was developing in there.  Some broodies will practically take off your hand if you disturb her eggs while others will just squak and growl.

 

Side note: How long a mating will result in fertile eggs is another ongoing disagreement iin  the chicken world. I think it depends on  the chickens. As stated it is very possible for some to remain fertile up to a month, I've seen a few different reports, while others found fertility wanning a week or two earlier. So if asked I reply somewhere between 2-4 weeks with no certainties.


Edited by AmyLynn2374 - 4/15/16 at 6:12pm

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post #9 of 9
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Alrighty! Thank Ya'll! I have two hens that are broody, So they'd most likely be my best option I'd assume. 

Ya'll have been Most helpful! 

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