minimum mating frequency?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by OHGrandma, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. OHGrandma

    OHGrandma Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm getting some Sussex for the grandkids, with plans to have a different variety to show for each child. I have some Light/Coronation/Split chicks on order. Since I'm getting them as hatched, I'll have more roosters than I really need. I was thinking of keeping the roosters separated, and only rotate a select rooster in with the hens at specific times. So, how often does a hen need to be mated, daily, more or less often?
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    A mating session should give you fertile eggs up to 3 weeks, I pretty sure.
     
  3. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:A minimum would be hard to set ; they can stay fertile for 3 weeks or more . I read of one individual who rotates a roo over 3 pens of [ if I remember correctly ] 5 hens every 3 days ; another who breeds in a 7 cage battery with the roo moved to each individual hen every 24 hours .
     
  4. OHGrandma

    OHGrandma Out Of The Brooder

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    (This may seem a bit silly, as I seem to be counting my 'grand'chicks before my ordered chicks are even hatched! But I'm gathering info to help plan some of my cage & pen building.)

    So, to insure good fertility for hatching, would I be safe collecting eggs for 2 weeks after mating?
     

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