Breeding questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HardizzlesFlock, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. HardizzlesFlock

    HardizzlesFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting a rooster soon for my 5 ladies. After how long with them being together can I start gathering their eggs into the incubator? If a chicken goes broody should I let her keep em? Please help!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Roughly 3 days after a rooster starts breeding hens their eggs will be fertile. Personally I love to let broody hens raise chicks - it's a lot less work for me. Depending upon where you are (if you have winter conditions) this may not be the optimum time to raise outside chicks.
     
  3. HardizzlesFlock

    HardizzlesFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank [email protected] I live in eastern washington and it is pretty cold still. How will I know when my rooster has bred with my hens?
     
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    If my hens go broody I am happy as they do much better [​IMG]
     
  6. showinbirds

    showinbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some times when it's super cold like it has been, it takes a little extra time.
     

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