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How to keep the pairs together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hosspak, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. hosspak

    hosspak Songster

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    When I decide to pair off my breeds, do I have to segregate them totally from all others? Will this cause a problem with-in the flock to keep the pairs cooped up or should I let them out for separate free range time? [​IMG]
     
  2. Roosters will breed any hen that is available. Roosters don't care if you are trying to breed purebred chickens. You will have to keep them separated at all times.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It doesn't matter if you keep them cooped or let each pair out. You just need to keep the hen you want eggs from from being with a rooster you don't want breeding her during that time.
     
  4. hosspak

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    I think I read that I need to make sure the hen hasn't been with another roo for at least 2 weeks before I start collecting her eggs for hatching. Is that about right?
     
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    Yes separate into breeding pens. 2 wks is correct.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That's what I've heard, that a hen can store sperm internally for up to 2 weeks. So, if the hen was available to a rooster you don't want to hatch from, you'll need to have her away from the undesirable rooster(s) for 2 weeks, then you can start incubating eggs.
     

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