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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by PamB, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. PamB

    PamB Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    I have two roosters that I want to use in my Blue, Black, Splash breeding. My plan is to separate them in pens for breeding. My question is, if a hen is out with the flock, including the other rooster and that other rooster is mating her, do I need to separate her for three weeks and then put her in the pen with the other boy? Does she need three weeks in between so that I know that the first boy isn't the dad? Thanks for you help, up until now I've only used one boy for breeding.
     

  2. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    I'd say a month to be pretty safe, but you could try them at 3 weeks if you want. Ya never know, though.
     
  3. PamB

    PamB Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    Quote:Ok, so I would separate her for 3 or 4 weeks, then add her with the second roo for another 3 or 4 weeks, then I know those eggs are from the second roo?
     
  4. Amyable

    Amyable Songster

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    Do you mean keeping the hen away from all roos for 3 weeks? I don't think that's necessary, just know that her eggs may be fertile from that first roo for a period of time.
     
  5. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Quote:Ok, so I would separate her for 3 or 4 weeks, then add her with the second roo for another 3 or 4 weeks, then I know those eggs are from the second roo?

    I'd say so.
     
  6. chickendales

    chickendales Songster

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    what colors are the roosters
     
  7. PamB

    PamB Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    One is blue and the other is an awesome splash that I have growing out. He is still a baby, but really nice and I don't think I'll be able to give him up.
     

  8. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

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    Do a bit of research as you have time; I have read that a new roo bred to a hen nullifies the first roos semen by the third day with the new rooster. I would like further evidence though.
     

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