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Breeding Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sarahr0612, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. sarahr0612

    sarahr0612 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so my husband and I have roughly 45 chickens give or take. With each set of hens we have, we have a roo. So we have a barred rock roo, rhode island red roo, cochin roo, and australorp roo. we are looking to sale pure bred chicks. we have an extra outdoor run for breeding, but i'm just not exactly sure how I should go about it. suggestions?
     
  2. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only guaranteed way to get pure chicks would be to separate the chickens by species and only hatch those eggs from hens mated with their same species roo. It sounds like you have a separate pen to do this, so I'm not sure I'm understanding your question. :)
     
  3. sarahr0612

    sarahr0612 Out Of The Brooder

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    Should I put one breed in the pen and let me breed/lay/hatch and then switch them out? or could I breed each breed until I have the eggs I want and then put all the hens back in to see who's broody?
     
  4. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Either way would work fine. Keep in mind, though, that if you put them all back together to see who is broody, she or other hens might be able to sneak other cross bred eggs under her, so be sure to mark the one's that you want to hatch and remove all others.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Separating breeds is going to be tricky if you're using broody hens. Unless you have several hens that go broody dependably, trying to get the timing right is going to kill you.

    So all your breeds run together, correct? And any given hen could be covered by any given roo at this time?

    So, if you wanted to hatch say, BR chicks, you'd need to pull the BR hens away from the other roosters. You could have them with the BR roo or not at this point, doesn't matter. But, you need to wait a good 2 weeks for the other rooster's sperm to clear out of the hen's system. Then, you could put your BR roo in if you didn't already, and start collecting eggs to hatch.

    The 2 week window you'll need to wait is what's going to make your timing such a challenge with a broody hen. If a hen goes broody, I don't think it would be healthy for her to try to keep her broody the 2 weeks clearing time, then 3 weeks for hatching eggs. I also think you'd have a high chance of the hen abandoning the nest before the eggs hatched. On the other hand, if you pull a breed for egg collection, then just hope for a bird to go broody, you're playing the odds a lot. The only breed you mentioned that goes broody at all reliably is the cochin.

    It would be much easier if you had an incubator, for what you're wanting to do. Or just accept you'll have barnyard mix chicks.
     
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  6. sarahr0612

    sarahr0612 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! We are more than likely getting an incubator because we have so many different breeds and such. We are just going to let the ducks hatch their own out since it would be less complicated lol.
     

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