Mating?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickeneyfoot, May 29, 2012.

  1. chickeneyfoot

    chickeneyfoot Chirping

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    I got a new roo with the hens. i don't wanna hatch till the new roos sperm is in the eggs. How long till the girls lay eggs with his babies?
    oh and he has been in with them for 4 days. I saw him mating them.
    Thanks
     
  2. chickenmaniac

    chickenmaniac Chirping

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    since hes already mating you can start now
     
  3. NYREDS

    NYREDS Crowing

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    The change over can take as little as 3-5 days but 7-10 is safer.
    This answer is based on actual research into this question. Many people on this site will tell you 3 weeks or more which is part of the myth-beats-data information available here. Misconceptions get repeated so often that they begin to substitute for facts.
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2012
  4. gg706

    gg706 Songster

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    I thought the sperm could live in the hen for up to 3 weeks. If i am correct about that I would wait AT LEAST that long to get the hen carrying ONLY the desired roos sperm.
     
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

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    If your hens were with a different roo before this one, you'll need to wait 3 weeks or so for the previous roo's sperm to be used up and replaced with the new man's.
     
  6. chickeneyfoot

    chickeneyfoot Chirping

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    So i should wait for 3 weeks to start gathering eggs? Lol
     
  7. KeilFamilyFarm

    KeilFamilyFarm In the Brooder

    Im sorry, I've never had fertilized eggs before but I am planning on keeping a roo. How do I tell if an egg is fertilized?

    This might sound so stupid but if I were to incubate an egg while the hens have a roo it could hatch to a baby and if i refridgerate it then I can eat it?? [​IMG] I think thats how it works? lol
     
  8. GrandmaChickie

    GrandmaChickie Chirping

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    You got it!
     
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