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How long to get "purebred" chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aggieterpkatie, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This spring I'd like to hatch some chicks, but all of my chickens are together. If I want to make sure my barred rock hen gets fertilized by ONLY the BR roo, how long do I need to keep them isolated from the others until she's only going to lay eggs w/ BR sperm?

    Does that make sense?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She will be fertile for at least two weeks or more possibly by another rooster, so to be absolutely sure, I'd wait three or four weeks.
     
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    4 to 6 weeks
     
  4. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, thanks for the quick responses. That long? I'd have to put them in a large dog crate. I dont' think they'll be happy cooped up for that long. [​IMG] Maybe I should just order chicks.
     
  5. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    I currently have all my birds together - with our 2 silkie roo's. Funny them trying their thing on the big girls, they usually just walk away. [​IMG] In the spring we will separate about a month prior to beeding. Have fun!
     
  6. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How do you separate yours?
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Had the experience of seeing just how long most eggs are fertile after my main flock rooster died over a year ago. The eggs were fertile for about two and a half weeks, but none over three.
     
  8. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ok, thanks! I think they could live with 3 weeks of exile. [​IMG]
     
  9. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if they will have to go into a dog crate while you wait for the 3 weeks, what did you plan to do to keep them separated after that???
     
  10. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Geesh, good point. I have several different breeds I'd like to breed (BR, Americanas, frizzle cochin X, OEG). I could build a run attached to the coop and separate all the hens I want to breed. Then I could just use the dog crate as a mating pen. Put each pair in there for a day or two. As long as the roo breeds the hen once, she should be good for two weeks, right? Then I could put all the girls back into the run and just let them lay. That way each pair would only be in the crate for a day or two.

    Do you think that would work?
     

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