How long does it take to get the "old" rooster out of the hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by leoismydog, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. leoismydog

    leoismydog Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2008
    Well I have finally moved my selected hens and rooster to a tractor to breed. How long do i have to wait till i can start to collect eggs for hatching. I dont want any mixed breeds or wrong rooster dads. Do chickens Hold sperm and use it over time? I would think if i waited a month with The new roo in charge i would be good to go, but thought i would ask just in case. Thanks Leroy
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    One month would do it with reasonable certainty. Usually, three weeks, but you can add an extra week in there. Anything after that would be highly rare.
  3. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    According to "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens," they can retain sperm for up to a month. So if you waited a month, I think you'd be good to go.

    Kathy, Bellville TX
  4. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    I know if you cull a hen that is laying you will see a egg that this almost ready to lay the next day along with many other eggs that are in different stages of growth. Question is at what point do these eggs get fertilized?

    If there are 30 eggs that have already been fertilized then i would assume it may take 30 days or so to get eggs that are fertilized by the new rooster?

    Not for sure tho
  5. leoismydog

    leoismydog Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2008
    Quote:Well i guess you can read better than me i looked that book through out and did not find the answer, mabey i was looking with my eyes closed. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009

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