How long to wait after separating chickens?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dandelion007, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    My different breeds of chickens were running together but I now have them paired up. How long do I have to wait to make sure my chicks will be purebreds?
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
  2. chickenma

    chickenma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know but would like to hear the aswer too. [​IMG]
    Thanks for asking. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    After 2 weeks a good percentage will start to be pure. After 3 it should be close to 100% by the roo you want. I always wait 4 weeks to be completely sure.

    Matt
     
  4. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    I had found on another site that 3 weeks was the length of time sperm could live in the hen's body. But on another thread on BYC it said a hen still had fertile eggs 4 weeks after the rooster was gone.

    I just want to be sure any hatchings are positively from the right rooster.

    I was planning on waiting a month but now I wonder if I should wait even longer.

    I'm sure glad people don't work this way. Could you imagine our population if it was?
     
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I would wait at least 4 week, I guess longer if it makes you feel better but 4 weeks should be good !!!

    Good luck !!
     
  6. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    before you eat them just check and see if they are fertile,then you will know for sure
     
  7. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
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    But are they fertile from the right roo?
     
  8. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    Not right now... [​IMG]
     
  9. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long should I wait after separating ducks? I know chickens is 4 weeks.. but what about ducks?
     
  10. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody?
     

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