How long to separate for breeding purebreeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 37 Caddy, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. 37 Caddy

    37 Caddy Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2014
    Have some Black Copper Marans and some ameracanas,and a few other mixed breeds in the same pen,was wondering how long i need to keep them apart so i can have pure breed chicks,i have 2 maran roosters and a ameracana rooster,i want to seperate them so i can have purebred chicks,so how long should they be apart before the eggs wont have a mixed breed?All 3 of the roosters are active with the ladies,need to know how long to wait before i set the eggs. Harvey
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    At least three weeks since a rooster's sperm can be retained by a hen for that long. Sometimes even longer, I hatched a mixed chick five weeks after separating birds once.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2017
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Bare minimum of 2 weeks. Even at that point, you'll need to keep an open mind about the possibilities of mixed chicks. A month is usually safe.
  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    Those are very true statements, but once separated the possibility of getting a purebred chick goes up tremendously after just a few days. University studies show that the newest sperm is "preferred", sort of a "last in, first out" scenario. Where the pedigree is very important and the chicks indistinguishable, 3 weeks is the rule I've heard most. If you can id the chicks are purebreds, then you can start setting eggs immediately and you should get very few mixes, unless your roo is shooting blanks.

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