mille fleur hen just hatched out a nest full of chicks from a full sized Roo

Discussion in 'Online Poultry Show' started by stephen6n1, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. stephen6n1

    stephen6n1 New Egg

    Sep 22, 2015
    My dependable little Hollie has hatched out, or reared a number of clutches. I got rid of her Mille Fleur rooster 20 months ago. Usually, I wait 21 days, then sneak some pullets under her for her to do the raising. I was prepared to do that in two days, when lo and behold she has a clutch of her own of at least five chicks, after only 18 days of sitting. I had a young mixed breed large Roo in there until two months or so ago, and got a new home for him when he started crowing at only two months of age. That has to be the connection. I had heard that Mille Fleurs were true bantams and would not cross with normal sized chickens. I guess I was wrong. 18 months ago, she hatched out a Mille Fleur chick from her own clutch after the Millle Fleur rooster had been gone for two and a half months! I was amazed at how long she laid fertile eggs with no rooster. Any observations from other fanciers on this event?
  2. owlflights

    owlflights Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2015
    SE Iowa
    I have no experience with these breeds, but I have heard that a hen can harbor live sperm from a rooster for a surprisingly long time.

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