Question for you pure-bred breeders.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by yotetrapper, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question. I always have a mixed flock, and I want a mixed flock. So here's my question. If I want to raise pure bred chicks, can I just cage off a roo and a couple hens of the same breed? If I can, how long would they need to be penned seperately before I could guarantee that the eggs would be purebred.... in other words if the hen had mated with a different breed roo before I penned her, how long would I have to wait before those mixed breed eggs would be out of her system? Thanks

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  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'd keep the hen penned with the selected roo for at least 3 weeks before incubating the eggs. 4 weeks to be on the safe side.

    The hen can store the sperm from a previous mating for around 3 weeks.
     
  3. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    arlee..........is right to be on the safe side I'd pen the hens up 3 to 4 weeks before putting the roo with them.
     
  4. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    I second......er, third that 3 to 4 week time period.
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I third that!
     
  6. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys! Whats the minimum size enclosure you all would reccommend for a breeding pen?
     
  7. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Depends on the breed and whether LF or Bantam.
     
  8. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ones im wanting to breed are both banties, white frizzles and black silkies
     
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    10 sq ft for a trio of bantams should give them enough space to breed and not stress.
     
  10. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    Also,if you are going to wait 30 days before adding the roo, you'll want to give him several days to get things started. You may want to add him around week 3, just to give him a week's head start.
     

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