Art. Insemination Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by erthymom2, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a newbie to AI :

    (1) How many times per week/month should the hens be inseminated to insure fertility?

    (2) After I inseminate the girls, should I wait and not use their daily eggs for a bit before taking some for hatching?
     
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no experience here, Erthymom2.

    I was surprised to find a really good text on poultry at the library. It is a small book and reads like something you'd get for an introductory 101 class. The title is "Principles of Poultry Science," author, S.P. Rose. Rose is a Brithish poultry specialist.

    There is a short section on Artificial Insemination, apparently a common method especially with meat birds.

    (1) How many times per week/month should the hens be inseminated to insure fertility?

    "The length of fertile egg production after the last insemination varies between 6 and 12 days for geese, quail, ducks, and chickens." Rose says.

    I have read elsewhere that sperm viability with the hen can continue all the way to 30 days. However, "A hen will have maximum fertility for only about 3 to 4 days after one mating." emphasis mine

    (2) After I inseminate the girls, should I wait and not use their daily eggs for a bit before taking some for hatching?

    I don't find an answer stated clearly in Rose.

    Since fertilization occurs in the infundibulum of the oviduct and ova move out of the ovary every 23 to 30 hours for a productive hen, I guess that only a 1 or 2 day wait is necessary. It would depend on the speed of sperm migration in the oviduct.

    Steve​
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Do a search (at the top of the page) about it, there was a post not to long ago with tons of great info on it !!
     
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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