How do you breed chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by sarahloveschickens, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. sarahloveschickens

    sarahloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to the chicken world.. and was just wondering how do I get my silkie rooster and my silkie hen to mate and have baby chicks?
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Just throw them in together and they will do the rest! [​IMG]

    Oh! I came back to add that you might have to incubate some of the eggs if you're in a hurry. It all depends on the hen as to when she wants to decide to go broody and hatch some.
     
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  3. sarahloveschickens

    sarahloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I do have them all in together.. 2 of my hens are laying and the rooster is fully grown.. I just dont know why there not mating...
     
  4. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    it happens in a flash, they mate and then its done. they lay the egg, which is vertually the same as a non fertile egg, you incubate it, and then the chick forms, and then hatches, and yeah thats it in a nutshell..
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You probably just dont see it, but you can be assured it's happening if they are mature. How old are they?
     
  6. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    my rooster was about a year old before he even thought about "doing the deed", then after that.. well. anyway, It also depends a lot on the hen, if she doesn't like him... Wont be having no chickies


    PS. try sitting out there when you go to feed, seems to be the most common time for mine
     
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  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My roosters are wilder in the a.m. right when I let them out.
     
  8. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:That's Brutus too! When I had Rhodey, that seemed to be his wild time also. Try watching them for awhile in the morning when you let them out. I'm sure the deed is being done and you just are missing it. It doesn't take the roos long to get the job done. It really is just a matter of seconds.
     
  9. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My rooster is 5-6 months and trying, all Im waiting for is the hens to start laying.
     
  10. sarahloveschickens

    sarahloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mine are about 8 months old
     

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