hatching my own eggs.. will i need a now roo for them??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lisaleedy, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. lisaleedy

    lisaleedy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to hatch some from my flock. I have a rooster but am concerned that ill have to pen him up or get rid of him if I want to raise some chicks from my own flock. I know others have them and keep them but is it not good to have them inbreed like that? I don't raise show or a breed its just me home local farm girl so I want to keep a fresh group of layers going and replace some that might have succumbed to whatever that year and replace them with new hatchlings.. hope ill manage to get a broody.
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    You should be ok for 3 generations before needing to bring in new blood. That is, unless you have some genetic problems in your flock.
     
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  3. lisaleedy

    lisaleedy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah I don't think they have a genetic problem but who knows mine were factory hatch I couldn't say.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've kept the same rooster for 4 years and not had an issue. Most folks change out every 2-4 years, depending. If you have issues of poor hatching, low production, etc, go ahead and change out your rooster. They're a dime a dozen on CL pretty much all year long around here.
     
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