Can you take a hen to a rooster for "stud" service?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by scullybird, May 5, 2009.

  1. scullybird

    scullybird Out Of The Brooder

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    We live in the suburbs, and have all hens (we hope... they were sexed, but, you know). We couldn't have a rooster here.

    Next spring, if we'd like to have a batch of chicks, can we take a few hens to hang with a rooster for a day? Will they... aquaint... that quickly? Some friends of mine live in the country, and do have a rooster.

    What are your thoughts?

    We have:

    barred rock
    RIR
    black sex link
    white leghorn
     
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Yes, that will work. [​IMG]

    Edited to say, I would leave them for a couple of days if I took more than one hen.
     
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  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes it will work but it will take a couple days
     
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    It would work, I would just make sure all the other birds at the farm are healthy. I would be worried that they could get sick, JMO !!
     
  5. Dirt Road

    Dirt Road Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suppose it could vary from rooster to rooster, but any one of mine would have 3 or 4 new hens fixed up in under an hour. The first one in less than a minute. I can't imagine why it would take a couple of days but then I've never tried an arrangement like that.

    Jim
     
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    umm how about could you get the roosters goods for AI then you woudnt need to take the chicken to him?
     
  7. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Because a rooster can shoot blanks, and does after the first couple of tries. If you left'em for a few days, that would ensure a much improved chance of fertile eggs.
     
  8. melissaowens

    melissaowens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SHOOT my rooster is a tagging machine, as soon as a new hen hits the pen he is taking care of her. bojangles (my rooster) ain't shy he gives his stuff out to all the girls i have 27 eggs in the bator from his pen and lookin like all are forming well.

    i agree though i would leave them in for a couple of days to make sure he is taking care of your ladies. no chicken is alike, he might have to warm up to the ladies first, you know what i mean
     
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  9. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    gosh, before we know it this is going to be a "brag about your roosters stuff" thread !!!
     
  10. scullybird

    scullybird Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL!! You guys all give very educational, yet humorous, advice! [​IMG]

    I guess another question would be... how long does a "servicing" last? For how long will they lay fertile eggs? I know that, fertile or not, the hen has to have the instinct to go broody. But, at what point would I say, "OK, the spark of life is gone from the womb."?

    gabrielle... nah. I don't want that intimate a relationship with the birds. I'll pollinate my pumpkins and kiwi's by hand, but that's the only interspecies sex I'm wiling to play a third-party in! [​IMG]
     

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