How long does males "stuff" stay in hen"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by IndiaBlueBrad, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. IndiaBlueBrad

    IndiaBlueBrad Chirping

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    Hi, I've just recently sold all of my chickens except for my Sumatra's. So now I have all pure bred hens and male, but I was wondering how long I should wait before I let her sit on her eggs/incubate them? I know other roosters were with her before they were sold.
     
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  2. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    I wait at least a month just to be safe.:)
     
  3. IndiaBlueBrad

    IndiaBlueBrad Chirping

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    That sounds fair
     
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  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    A hen *can* produce fertilized eggs for weeks from just one covering ...... many folks wait 30 days to consider a hen clear
     
  5. IndiaBlueBrad

    IndiaBlueBrad Chirping

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    Goodness, nature sure makes survival of chicks easier with those time frames. Thank you for answer .
     
  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Nature makes it nice for keepers too, even if I lose my rooster iv'e got a decent amount of time before he's gone for good. :)
     
  7. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

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    X2... Do you have pictures of your flock? I bet they are gorgeous!
     
  8. IndiaBlueBrad

    IndiaBlueBrad Chirping

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    I haven't taken pictures in a while, but they are beautiful :). Especially my peafowl. My Blackshoulder lost his tail, but his new one is already about 3 feet long and growing. My hens have started laying again too. I thought they were done for the year. I'll wait till I get several and put them in the incubator and see if they are fertile. :woot
     
  9. IndiaBlueBrad

    IndiaBlueBrad Chirping

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    That's true, gives you time to hatch more.
     
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  10. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Yes indeed, a real nice thing when your fella is getting old and reckless. :)
     
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