A Question For The Expert or The Experienced

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Patchesnposies, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    I have a large flock of all of my favorite laying breeds, hens as well as roosters, and have started to separate them into pens by breed. How long do I have to wait until the hens will be laying eggs that are fertilized by their same breed rooster?

    I want to incubate eggs,eventually, and would like them to be pure.

    Thanks!

    Deb
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Three weeks and you are pretty sure. Four weeks and you are as close to positive as you can get with chickens.

    Many breeders use three weeks, but different people on this forum have reported eggs being fertile 3-1/2 weeks after the demise of a rooster. So that means the original rooster may be the papa three weeks after the separation.
     
  3. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    Quote:Thank you for your quick reply! [​IMG]

    Sounds like waiting a month would be prudent so that's what I will do.

    Deb
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Oh, can I answer, can I answer????

    Wait, what was the question? [​IMG]

    I can just repeat what I have seen other people say on BYC...one month!
     
  5. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    Quote:You're silly....that reminded me of that sitcom from the 70's, Welcome Back Kotter....wasn't Horshak always with his arm up in the air, doing that? LOL
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:You're silly....that reminded me of that sitcom from the 70's, Welcome Back Kotter....wasn't Horshak always with his arm up in the air, doing that? LOL

    I was very very very young in 1970. [​IMG]
     
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  7. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    Quote:You're silly....that reminded me of that sitcom from the 70's, Welcome Back Kotter....wasn't Horshak always with his arm up in the air, doing that? LOL

    I was very very very young in 1970. [​IMG]

    Don't worry about it sweetie, you didn't miss nothin'! lol
     

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