breeding chickens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by joojy, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. joojy

    joojy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi
    I have a blue maran rooster and 2 blue maran hens. His crown got a little frostbitten but otherwise he is a good looking guy. How long do I need to leave him alone with the hens to ensure breeding success? Then I get him out of there and leave them alone to sit on eggs?
    I also have 2 Barnvelder hens, and 4 of those roosters that I would like to breed. Do I just pick the best looking rooster?
    These breeds are so expensive, I would like to have some and share them with my 4h club, no one has them.
    Thanks
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    you will need a few days to get the eggs fertile and they should stay fertile for a good week after you remove him.

    are you hens showing signs of broodiness?
     
  3. joojy

    joojy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there are 15 chickens in there, I do not think that they look broody. What would be a symptom? so leave them alone a few days if they are broody? then hope they sit on the eggs?
     
  4. joojy

    joojy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my easter eggers are broody, that means they want to sit on the eggs? I have not seen that from the marans
     

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