Breeding purebred chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pic4000, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. pic4000

    pic4000 Hatching

    Nov 8, 2008
    Someone told me that once a purebred hen has mated with a rooster of another breed, she will never have a pure bred chick even when bred with a same breed rooster. Is this true?

  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    No that's false. It's a common myth when breeding purebred animals though. I've heard the same when people refer to breeding purebred dogs. You need to keep the hen away from the rooster for about three weeks to make sure that the eggs are pure but after that you are good to go. I have the chicks to prove that this can be done.
  3. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    No that is not true but for a certain short time afterwards (breeders step in here) she can continue to lay eggs fertilized by him. So you need to give it a few weeks before you can safely figure the rooster she is now with is the father.
  4. tadkerson

    tadkerson Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    Females have pouches located inside the reproductive canal that hold and store sperm. Sperm from different roosters can be stored at the same time in the pouches. The sperm can live inside the pouches for up to three weeks. Most sperm will last only two weeks but some can live a little longer. When the female ovulates the pouches release some sperm that then swim up to the egg and the egg becomes fertilized.


  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    The best way to know a hen is laying eggs from the rooster you really want her bred to is:

    Remove the roos and set the eggs until they do not develop anymore.

    Then you know she is clear and ready to go in with the rooster of your choice.

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