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How long will a hen stay bred once isolated?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by heymikey, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. heymikey

    heymikey Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm looking at a hen(ameraucana) that has been in a mixed flock and would like to breed her with a pure roo. If I remove her and isolate her any idea how long she will stay bred from the mixed flock?
     
  2. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    I believe 4 weeks is the recommended time frame before you collect her eggs for hatching. I always waited 4 weeks and never had any surprises. I know others who go longer, or shorter but I would say 4. [​IMG]
     
  3. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with chickndaddy. Normal length is four weeks before you can be relatively sure that the new roo is the only fertility.
     
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with 4-weeks. If your antsy to get started though don't put the new roo in with her and check her eggs for fertility. Once you get 3-4 days in a row of unfertile eggs I think you would be good to go.
     
  5. heymikey

    heymikey Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Great Idea, I didn't think to wait then check the eggs for fertility. Thanks ALL!!
     
  6. SoCalChick

    SoCalChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    - interesting - but what if you just have one roo and want to hatch eggs from a particular hen. If i isolate her, will her - how long will the eggs be fertile - or do i need to keep her with the roo?
     
  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You'll probably have fertile eggs for the first week and likely the second as well. After that I don't think it's worth trying to incubate. The 4-week rule of thumb is to ensure you're not getting a cross you don't want, but fertility from 2-weeks on is a crapshoot.
     
  8. SoCalChick

    SoCalChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you kittymomma![​IMG]
     
  9. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
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    I always thought it like this not sure im right but i went with it anyway week 1 and 2 almost 100% fertile thru week 3, 50% and thru week 4, 25% fertile

    Chickens have several sperm sacks they release sperm as needed to fertilize the eggs
     
  10. windyridgefarm

    windyridgefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may sound like a newbie question -because it is- but.... How does one go about checking for fertility in an egg as mentioned above?
     

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