Breeding question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BarnsB, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. BarnsB

    BarnsB Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a small mixed flock that will need some younger blood next year. Rather than buy chicks I was going to let nature take its course & hope for the best.
    My question is this:
    How long do I need to keep the chosen hen mothers seperate from the flock to ensure that I have chicks by my chosen roo. Right now the hens are together with 3 different roos.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Many breeders use three weeks but it is possible for a hen to still be fertile from a rooster at 3-1/2 weeks. Rare but possible. 4 weeks is real sure.
     
  3. BarnsB

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    Thanks!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Three weeks probably does it. Four weeks guarantees that the chosen rooster is the sire.
     

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