How does rooster sperming work?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CrazyChickensEverwhere, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I have been wondering this for a while.

    Example say if I have a White rock hen, a polish rooster, and a EE rooster.

    Ok if the Polish rooster mounted the White rock hen. Then a hour later the EE mounted her, Who is likely to have the chick to be theres?


    And another one say is my EE mounted my White rock, 20 mins later I put her in with the polish and he mates her, How long do I have to wait to know for sure that its the polishes genes in the egg?
     
  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    If both roosters mated with your hen, either one could fertilize the eggs. A hen can retain the rooster's sperm for several weeks (some say 3 weeks, some say 4) so you would have to keep the hen away from the unwanted "father roo" for about a month before you could be sure his sperm is not used.
     
  3. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:50/50 chance of either being the pa and yep, 3 to 4 wks of isolation before your can put her with one roo and be sure he's the daddy.
     
  4. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replys! [​IMG]

    I guess my EE has to go lol. But I have to wait and see.
     

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