Hen is 'Fertilized' by Three Different Breed Roosters Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mtnviewfarms, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. I just saw one of my Australorp hens 'serially' mated by my BR, Welsummer and EE Roos.

    I am wondering if I incubate her eggs from the next 10 days will I likely get chicks that have been fathered by all three breeds of Roo?

    Thanks for any info you 'more experienced' chicken fanciers may be able to give me with this question.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2012

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    Only 1 roo will be the father of each chick hatched but each chick could have a different father.
    You won't know who unless each father looks dramatically different and see those characteristics in the offspring.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    That
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

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    Also, you won't know which for up to a month of egg collecting.
     

  5. Thank you for the info. That's exactly what I wanted to know, i.e., the chicks can be from different fathers and yes, I would be able to tell as each of the Roos is a very different looking breed.
     
  6. Sphinx

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    Unless mom has very dominant breed characteristics. Last time I hatched chicks, moms were very very different, but dad was a BCM, and all of the babies popped out looking exactly like dad, except one had a rose comb like his mom.
     

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