How long after switching roosters

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Dan Oelke, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Dan Oelke

    Dan Oelke New Egg

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    So my son wants to breed some of his chickens. Pens are under construction so that we can keep 1 roo with 3-4 hens. That way we can keep track of the off spring and the genetics backwards.

    BUT - they have been roaming all together for some time. So, how long does the chicken sperm stay in the hen? That is, for how long do the new pair need to be together before we can assume that the father really is from that rooster?

    Thanks!
     
  2. justuschickens59

    justuschickens59 VA Royal Blues

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    I'm sure you'll get a few different answers/opinions. I personally wait 3 weeks when moving hens in with a new rooster before trying to hatch any eggs.
     
  3. cashdl

    cashdl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with 3 weeks.

    Lanae
     
  4. Dan Oelke

    Dan Oelke New Egg

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    Wow - 3 weeks was longer than I was expecting.

    I've been doing a bit of googling and haven't found much. I did find https://www.backyardchickens.com/keeping-chickens/hen-reproduction-sperm-eggs/ (That is chickenkeepingsecrets . com - the link is getting munged) that said sperm was good for 4-5 days, but then how long after fertilization does it take for the egg to be completed and laid?
     
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  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    The thing is, a hen will collect the roosters' sperm and store it for as long as it takes, and the number drops with each egg she lays. Usually be 3-4 weeks it should either run out or die out entirely.
     
  6. Southchick

    Southchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it safe to assume the hatching eggs that come 10 days afterwards are ONLY from the old rooster? Even though the new rooster has been on her from the beginning? I just need to know so I know I can sell those eggs as pure. (The old rooster is the same breed, I'm switching a hen to the new rooster for an olive egger project)
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Nope, within 3 days of the new rooster breeding the hen eggs MAY be fertilized by his sperm.
     
  8. Southchick

    Southchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you :)
     

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