How long do I need a hen and rooster alone to ensure purebred eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pnp4kidz, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have three roos, in with my three maran hens, and one mutt hen. How long do I need the other two roos out of there before I say the eggs are pure?
    at that point I also need to check fertility...

    how long is a roo fertile? he is probably 3 years or 4 years old, is he too old?

    same with hens... how old is too old? they still lay, just not daily anymore... they are three I think... will they still lay 'good' eggs?

    I never EVER see them mating... are they shy? :)

    Thanks, from a newbie...
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Most people say 30 days separation from the previous roos.

    After that you should check the eggs for fertility to see if the remaining older roo is doing his job.
  3. ltimmermans

    ltimmermans Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2008
    2 weeks

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