Multiple Males Fertility Question...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FreedomFarm13, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. FreedomFarm13

    FreedomFarm13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2015
    Hi! Everything I've read says that you're supposed to wait two weeks after separating out breeders to start collecting eggs because that's how long it takes to be sure who the father would be of any fertile ones you hatch. However, I recently read somewhere on here (can't remember where now) that there can also be a bit of a "first one in, last one out" kind of situation where the first male to mate with a hen could still be the father after a couple weeks because the other roo's "stuff" was on top of it? This sounds totally bogus to me, but is there a possibility it's true? Just curious.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2017
  2. BBCHICKS123

    BBCHICKS123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2016
    Wander land
    No once you separate them it takes 10 days than the rooster that is with them is the only possible dad
  3. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    I have Googled it, Mississippi State University says a hen depending on bird species can be fertile up to 4 weeks after removing a rooster.
    I would keep all roosters away from hens if I wanted to be sure. GC
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  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    After mating with a rooster, a hen can lay fertile eggs for up to 3 weeks, sometimes more and sometimes less. To be safe, give them around a month to make sure you have the right father.
  5. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Usually 21 days is the number given but it can definitely be longer. I know someone whose rooster was killed and a hen hid a nest and appeared with chicks almost seven weeks later. Allowing 21 days (three weeks) for the eggs to hatch, she laid her last fertile egg over the three week period, closer to four weeks. She had 11 babies.
  6. BBCHICKS123

    BBCHICKS123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2016
    Wander land
    Well eggs can last 20 days and still be able to hatch
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    This reminds me I've got to get the batchelor pad slash breeder pen up and running soon...put the two boys in there until breeding season. Think it will have to wait for a warm day. Certain the wee coop that's currently off it's stand is frozen solid to the ground....
  8. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 23, 2013
    Hilo, HI

    Longer the better! A friend of mine separated her BLRW hens from the "barnyard", being told 2wks, put with her BLRW cock. Eggs were then collected & incubated, after hatching I get them to raise until 8wks. Ended up with BLRW but also mixes of Silkies, EE & maybe a Leghorn, next time separating for at least a month.
  9. JacksFarmNGardn

    JacksFarmNGardn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2015
    New York
    I seen a bullseye 6wks after my ee roo hopped a garden fence barrier to get to my silkie. I personally would never put a new roo in sooner than a month.
  10. FreedomFarm13

    FreedomFarm13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2015
    Ok, sounds like the general consensus is a month, so that's what I'll do. I was probably going to wait at least 3 weeks anyway, so that's not too bad. I just wanted to make sure, especially since mine are Ameraucanas and people can get a bit testy about their Ameraucanas' "purity", lol. I've already seen my guy mating with his girls, though, so he'll have plenty of time to practice before I start collecting eggs to hatch! Thanks for all the info, everyone!! I learn something new every day!

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