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Artificial Insemination Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thecochincoop, May 4, 2009.

  1. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Songster

    I have done a lot of research and have tried to do this on my cochins, but Im not sure if it is right. I cant find anything to tell what I am looking for. Is the "stuff" clear or white. I keep getting mostly clear and kind of cloudy liquid out of my roos. I'm hoping that someone out there is experienced enough to describe it to me. I am having some fertility issues and this seems to be my only option left so I need to make sure that I am doing everything right.

  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Hopefully someone can help today
  3. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I have no idea. Fortunately/UNfortunately, I do not have a fertility issue in my flock. I am just amazed that you could get "stuff" from your roosters [​IMG] I just can't imagine how you do this - and I'm too afraid to ask!

    Hopefully, someone with experience will weigh in and give you some guidance.

  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Clear is ok if they are young Roo's cloudy is better, some even have a little foam also. It will or should be a little thin too, 1 eye dropper 1/2 full should AI up to 5 hens.

  5. Cloudy to solid white.

    Have you tried trimming their tail feathers so that they can breed naturally?
  6. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Songster

    Thank you for your help. I guess it's right then. They are mostly young roos and I am getting thin clear to cloudy liquid. I am using a very small syringe. It is marked in .10 increments. How much would it take to inseminate one hen. I am trying to use the least possible so that I can use certain roos for certain hens.

    I have tried trimming feathers before but they are show birds and I don't want to do that this time. I think it is a disqualification, but I'm not sure-I know it is points off though.
  7. Well the object would be to trim them during breeding season so that they grow back out before show season. You'd have to plan in advance...

  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    If you pluck instead of trim, they'll grow back before a molt but not necessarily before a show. Ain't it a pain. The ones you want to breed are the ones you can't trim because they are the ones you want to show. Poulets de Cajon is right. You gotta plan ahead.

    Good luck!!

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    This is why I stopped raising Cochins. I really wasn't comfortable with having such an intimate relationship with my chickens. [​IMG]
  10. Generally because of the Texas heat, we only show in the fall and into the beginning of the winter. We stop near the end of January or so.

    February to say, September, is heavy breeding season. So we will trim in February and then allow them to grow out, and by September they are fully feathered again and ready to show.

    We also dont hatch or breed suring show season.

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