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Fertility

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Swamp Roo, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a long way away from selectively breeding, but I was curious when you could be sure of paternal parentage after separating out a breeding group? How long can hens store sperm? I realize there may be some variance in breeds and individuals, but what would be a safe guideline? Thanks

    Swamp
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    A hen can produce fertile eggs for as long as nearly 3 weeks after a mating.

    If you are sorting out breeding pens you need to make sure the hens are cleaned out before you can safely assume they are from the rooster of your breeding choice.
     
  3. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

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    I believe it is 3 weeks.
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I wait a full month to ensure the hen is fertile from the new rooster.

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  5. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I knew they could store for a while, but could not remember how long. Like I said, I'm not there yet, but it's good to know that it is a reasonable amount of time.

    Swamp
     

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