Howdy and a couple questions.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by texaskinner, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. texaskinner

    texaskinner Hatching

    Aug 29, 2010
    New to the forum, so let me say "Howdy" from Texas.
    I have 18 chickens of mixed breed (mostly RRs and Barred Rocks). We decided to start raising our own, so I just got 2 roosters 3 days ago (one RR and one Barred Rock).
    The Red is mounting every hen in sight. Haven't seen the Rock do it yet, not allowed maybe? Idk

    My question is this: How long does it take for the eggs to become fertile? i.e. When can I start collecting them for the incubator?

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    If they're breeding, they're fertile.
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Howdy! And welcome to BYC!

    I think i might give it a week or so just to make sure he has a chance to get to all the hens.

    I try to check my eggs when i crack them open for breakfast or whatever - just to do a spot check to make sure everyone's staying fertile.

    Here is a great thread with pictures to help you tell whether your eggs are fertile by the "bullseye."
  4. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009
    Sometimes there is an alpha roo. If they are raised together they will get along but one will be dominant.

    You could separate them in different pens but then they may not get along later, however you would be controlling who bred with whom and if your roos are like my Alpha Roo - every lady he gets near is bred. Thats just how he rolls. He also protects them and tells them when the good treats are tossed and waits until they get some before he takes any.

    He is a jerk to me but very nice to the girls.
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Welcome! [​IMG]
  6. silkiechick236

    silkiechick236 Songster

    Sep 29, 2009
  7. sunket77

    sunket77 Songster

    May 21, 2009
    Texas Hill Country!
    welcome from Texas as well! happy hatching! [​IMG]

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