How long to separate before keeping eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by krishenschel, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. krishenschel

    krishenschel Out Of The Brooder

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    Aug 20, 2008
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    I want to try to hatch my Buff Orpingtons eggs. How long do I need to keep the Buff's separated to insure they haven't been fertized by my other roosters?
     
  2. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    they say three weeks to a month
     
  3. krishenschel

    krishenschel Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I didn't know sperm stayed viable that long
     
  4. RHewitt

    RHewitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    I asked this same question a few weeks ago and got a bunch of 3 to 4 weeks as the answer. They say that a hen can have up to 21 eggs fertilized by one mating so 4 weeks will make sure you are breeding true.
     

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