How to breed? HELP! lots of questions!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kizza07, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. kizza07

    kizza07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all!

    I havent been on here for a while, because I wasnt allowed to get chickens, and when i did incubate, they didnt hatch... [​IMG]
    But, I am hopefully getting a bantam this weekend or this week!

    Anyways, I need your help! [​IMG]
    My mums friend has two white silkie chickens. A roo and a hen. They are both about the same age (about 12 months old).

    This friend has had the hen and roo separated for ages, but now wants more silkies, and wants to breed the two.
    So she put them in a coop together 6 days ago. She says that they have been fairly well at it...[​IMG] But the roo is being gentle and not hurting her, and not doing anything too often.. [​IMG]

    My agriculture teacher said that we are doing it okay, and to leave the roo in there until the eggs hatch.

    What do you guys think?
    I dont know how to breed, how do you breed?

    The hen has laid 4 eggs so far. And we have homes for any unwanted roosters if there are too many!

    Is this hen too young to be brooding? How do i know that she is broody? She hasnt been sitting on them...
    AAHHHH!!! HELP ME!! Im so worried, but i guess there is only one way to learn!!

    ANY information is appreciated!!
    Kizza
     
  2. knippk

    knippk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ummmm.....sounds like they will be ok...lol. Silkies are very broody...so after she lays some more eggs she should go broody on her own......and i would go ahead and take the roo out when she does. I have had silkie roo's in the past to be great dads. But since it will be her first time i wouldn't chance him buggin her. GOOD LUCK......keep us posted
     
  3. kizza07

    kizza07 Out Of The Brooder

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    THANK YOU!!! That was a great help!! [​IMG]
    I will definately keep you posted this time!! Do you know how long it takes with the roo in for the eggs to be fertile?
     
  4. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As I understand it, the hen will stay fertile for 2-3 weeks after a successful mating. I'm sure you are doing fine. Be patient.
     
  5. kizza07

    kizza07 Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone else? lol! [​IMG]
     

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