So i would like to keep a few different breeds and after reading about weather or not to keep them together my husband has agreed separate is best and is designing a coop and run layout of an octagon shape to keep them separate.... but my question is ... can i barrow a rooster to breed my girls in the spring and if so how long would he have to stay "the night" ? and other thoughts on the subject?
multiple breeds and rooster management??
Depends on how your hens react to him, and how long you wish for them to stay fertile. For about a week I imagine they would probably be fertile off of the cock for at least 2-3 weeks; people who swap roosters to different hens I knew always followed the a 2 week method but a hen can hold sperm for up to 4 weeks I hear. Every 2 weeks was just to keep it fresh so to speak. A few days may even work if the hens readily submit to him.
Fourth generation poultry breeder focusing on Kraienköppe- the breed that won my heart and replaced all others on my farm.
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