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New roo with hen. How long til it is his babies.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kycowgirlchick, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. I have just put my frizzle with a little hen. She is a good egg layer and has been with another rooster. How long till it is is babies?
    This sort of sounds like a dumb question?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'd give it a week to 10 days.
  3. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I believe most people would say to wait about 3 weeks to be sure that the chicks would be from the new roo, at least if you plan to sell them. If they are for your own personal use you could try it sooner.
  4. hankshens

    hankshens In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2008
    I heard 30 days but I really have no idea.
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I have also heard at least 3 weeks.
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Ive also heard 30 days just to be sure !!
  7. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    its 2 and a half weeks but i would go 3 just in case
  8. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I would definately wait 30 days. I had a golden laced wyandotte roo that i had to rehome last winter. 3 weeks later i had a broody hen. I had 2 ameraucana hens at the time which i wanted to hatch some eggs from. Thinking the daddy was my bantam white cochin i went ahead and put 3 eggs under the broody. Well that roo i rehomed was the daddy for one of the babies and he had been gone for 3 weeks or longer. That baby looked just like his daddy only with the ameraucana beard.
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If the new rooster is mating her you could hatch chicks from her eggs now that could be sired by each roo.

    Give her 3 weeks to be cleaned from the first rooster and all the eggs from then on should be fertile from the 2nd rooster.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I agree with 3 weeks. The reason I always say a month to be absolutely sure is that I have heard of some very rare cases when it was obvious the first rooster was the sire, even after a 4 week period. However, from my personal experience when my Hawkeye died and then Zane was hurt and couldn't mate the girls immediately afterward, eggs here were fertile up to two and a half weeks with some of the girls. I'd say you are probably safe at the three week point.

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