Fertility breeding

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BlackAce, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. BlackAce

    BlackAce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 Roosters that are about 8 months old. I also have 3 Rhode Island Reds chicks / pullets about 10 weeks old. I'm not sure what the Roosters are but it has been suggested they are amber sex links. I only want and need one Rooster so that I can breed more.

    No my question is when a Hen mates does she always need a Rooster? Will she always be fertile? My Roosters aren't mean but they never had a female either so that may change their demeaner.

    The reason I'm asking is cause I want to see how the chicks are when they hatch so see if I want to keep the Rooster or not, and if I get another RIR Rooster will the new chicks look like the old Rooster since the hen has mated already.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    There are very few animals that don't need both a male and female to reproduce. Some earthworms are one.

    http://news.sciencemag.org/2012/12/slideshow-virgin-birth-not-so-miraculous-animal-kingdom

    A hen can lay eggs her whole life without a rooster, but without a rooster they will be infertile.
    An egg is a bird's oestrous cycle.

    Once mated a hen's eggs will be fertile for 2 weeks or more.
    So If a hen has been with a rooster of one breed and then roosters are swapped, the offspring can be from the first rooster for up to a month later.
     
  3. BlackAce

    BlackAce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Prefect thank you that's exactly what I wanted to know.
     

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