How long after separating a rooster to be sure the eggs aren't his?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by danielnv, May 24, 2011.

  1. danielnv

    danielnv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two roosters, and want eggs fertilized by the non-dominant one. My dominant rooster is a pet that let's anyone pet him or pick him up, and is a super good rooster to the hens, but I want to introduce the genetics of the other rooster. I have separated the top roo and put him with some youngsters from the incubator for now. So what is a safe amount of time to assume most of the eggs are being fertilized by the other roo, rather than leftover sperm from my pet roo?
     
  2. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most studies I've read say about 21 days for something like 99% chance as of the new roo being sire.
     
  3. danielnv

    danielnv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! I thought I had heard 2 weeks, and then I read 3 somewhere. It looks like you've done your homework, so I guess I had better wait another 2 weeks. I will have more room in the incubator by then, after I hatch some chicks, turkey poults, and guinea keets!
     

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