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How do you separate your breeds?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by roamingchick, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. roamingchick

    roamingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to hatch but my flock is all together they free range during day and at night share a house where I lock them in for their own protection. My question is about hatching chicks I don't want mixed chicks I know that I want to separate breeds for two weeks before collecting eggs for hatching but short of building a new housing unit I am not sure where or how to separate, anyone else have suggestions?
     
  2. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 weeks isn't long enough to assure no mixed chicks, you need at least 30 days and 6 weeks would be even safer. no choice but to provide separate breeding pens, or at least remove all roosters except the desired sire and then just incubate eggs form same breed of hens.
     
  3. roamingchick

    roamingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    30 days really?
     
  4. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    I've heard that at 3 weeks you still have a chance of chicks from the old rooster, so at least 4 weeks is best if you want to be sure. You can always separate your girls out first, and then put your rooster in with them for "dates"
     
  5. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a hen can continue producing fertile eggs for 4-6 weeks after being removed from a rooster.
     
  6. roamingchick

    roamingchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you learning something new everyday!
     
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