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Patchesnposies

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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
 

Ridgerunner

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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.
 

Patchesnposies

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Thank you for your quick reply!
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Sounds like waiting a month would be prudent so that's what I will do.

Deb
 

Patchesnposies

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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
 

Patchesnposies

Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!
11 Years
Mar 5, 2008
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5
181
Southern New Mexico
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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.
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Don't worry about it sweetie, you didn't miss nothin'! lol
 

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