a question about mating

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Its Just Us Chickens, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Its Just Us Chickens

    Its Just Us Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long does a rooster's.... huh-hum.... 'stuff' hang around? Say if a hen had been exposed to two different roosters within a month's time, would it be possible to determine the father?
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Eggs can be fertilized by a roo's sperm as much as 3+ wks after mating. It would be really really rare for it to happen after 4 wks but I would not necessarily say totally impossible.

    Usually breeders consider 3 wks pretty adequate to wait before putting in another roo and considering offspring to be genetically his.

    Pat
     

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