How long to separate birds for breeding.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by PunkinPeep, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If i have several breeds of hens and roosters, and i would like to periodically separate a few hens and a rooster of a particular breed - for breeding, what is a good time frame schedule to use? How long do the hens need to be separated from the other breed rooster to ensure that the resulting chicks are the desired breed?

    I hope this question makes sense.

    Please lend me your wisdom. [​IMG]
     
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm planning on doing that this Spring too. All the reading I've done so far says anywhere from two to four weeks. I'm planning on penning the hens up with no roo and checking for fertility from two weeks on. I'll introduce the roo back into the pen when I haven't seen a bullseye for at least a week.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I've got mine separated out now into three groups.

    I'll start gathering the eggs I want to incubate about the first of December and turn them two to three times a day until they go into the bator

    I'll start the incubator on the 8th or 9th.

    When I'm certain that temps and humidity are stable, I'll put the eggs in that I'm going to incubate on the 11th.

    I'm hoping for MANY new chicks on January 1st, 2010!
     
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!

    Kittymomma,

    Is it 2-4 weeks that is how long it's supposed to take before breeding will be pure? Am i understanding that right?
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I keep mine seperated for 4 weeks to make sure.
     
  6. Shiningfeather

    Shiningfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will actually need at least 21 days, but some times that is not even enough. I saw a recent post on here where someone had their breeders seperate for I think over 3 months and still got a mix roo from eggs the hatched. The theory was that the hens could still have some sperm from a previous mating before being confined. I have my EEs in a breeding pen now for over four months. I put 26 in my incubator and all are developing [​IMG]

    Good Luck!
     
  7. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 weeks is what i've heard from many.
     
  8. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, that seems to be the average range. There are always outliers of course, hens who stay fertile longer or shorter than the average. That's why I plan to pen mine without a rooster and then check their eggs until they're no longer fertile. I'll put the roo I want to breed with in with the hens at that point. I'm hoping there won't be too many integration issues since the breeding pens will be out where the flock usually free ranges and they'll be able to see the roo and other chickens thru the fence daily. Here are some pictures (someone else's design) of the pens I plan to build for breeding and brooding this spring.

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  9. logan

    logan Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] now we have 14 frizzel eggs 9 she is sitting on and 5 in the incebator
     
  10. trilyn

    trilyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kittymomma, thanks for posting those breeder pens, they are fab! I will definitely be making a couple of those in the spring for a couple different uses. But breeding is definitely one of them....now to get my hands on some Maran and Ameraucana eggs! bwhahahaha [​IMG]
     

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