Borrowing a Roo for fertilization?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by enggass, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I were to introduce a Roo to some hens that were Roo-less, how long would it take - on average - for the Roo to 'Roo' so to speak?
    Or is this a bad idea due to possible contamination without first quarantining the new Roo.?
     
  2. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If he's older than the hens, it probably wouldn't take no more than an hour for him to service the hens, but I don't know how long it would take for the eggs to become fertile. I would quarantine him for at least a couple of days before putting him in with hens.
     
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    A 'few' days of quarantine is usless. VERY few diseases will show up in a 'few' days.

    Three weeks is the absolute minimum. With what I have accomplished with my breeding program and the money I have invested in my chickens, I will be quarantining any new chickens for a minimum of 2 MONTHS. Unless they come from a closed CERTIFIED flock.

    There are many sad sad stories on this site about people that did not qurantine any new chickens that they brought home.......
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Introducing new birds without quarantine is the quickest way to lose your flock. After first mating all eggs should be fertile from the third day on. If your goal is to raise chicks, why not buy some fertile eggs to incubate or brood?
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    If bio-security is a real issue, then having a closed flock with your own hens and roosters will be more effective at controlling disease outbreaks than repeatedly importing eggs from another population, even if source is certified disease free.

    Fish hatcheries (trout farmers in particular) abide by this system as disease issues and rules placed upon them by government are amoung the strictest going.

    Quarantine your bird, then put him to work. Upon introduction, he will service hens likely within 30 seconds and fertile eggs will be on way as indicated three days later.
     
  6. Reg

    Reg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the eggs are fertile 3 days after the roo is put in with the hens.

    How long after you remove the roo will the hen lay fertile eggs for ?
     
  7. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

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    The hen can remain fertile for up to 3 wks.
     
  8. Reg

    Reg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:interesting

    thanks
     
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:interesting

    thanks

    You will likely see a drop in fertility rate after 10 days but fertile eggs will continue through 3 wks and occasionally a fertile egg will be produced up to 4 wks after hen last covered / mated.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You may not be so lucky if you did risk disease and borrow a rooster. Not all hens will immediately submit and can even attack a new rooster. When I introduced the only adult bird I ever brought in after a 5 week quarantine, he was 11 months old and had never been with any hens of his own. It took him five full MONTHS before I saw one fertile egg. He was just a laid back gentleman.

    ETA: Afterward, every egg (except for the hen he didn't like at all) was fertile and he produced very strong chicks.
     

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