1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Rooster Stud Service?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kanthaka, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. Kanthaka

    Kanthaka Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2009
    Why do I feel this may be a crazy question? Anyway, here goes. I'm am urban chicken keeper with 2 lovely hens. A Delaware and a cochin. I would love to get Delaware babies from my hen but of course the problem is...no rooster. They are forbidden in the city for obvious reasons. A chicken keeping acquaintance of mine has some gorgeous Delaware roosters. Is there such a thing as rooster stud service? Would there be a way to breed my hen to one of these roosters this coming Spring? Has anyone ever done something like this?
  2. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2010
    Let's hope someone responds. I've made jokes about this, mostly on the Marans thread, as I have a gorgeous, big fat (8 pounds!) - lays almost daily - Marans girl that every one loves, and I can't have a rooster to make more like her - most of which really I would just sell, as I'm running out of room. I would keep at least one, just for more of the big brown eggs. I'd like a boy from a nice dark egg, as hers are only medium. I'd also love the "stud services" of an Ameraucana - I could make all kinds of great EE's and a few more Ams!!! How fun!

    Who wouldn't want to spend some cuddle time with this lovely girl?:
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2010
  3. tornado8070

    tornado8070 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    Ruth, MI
    I beleive there is a way to artificially breed a hen. Or you could take the hen to your freinds house for a week or so to to be mated. Then collect the eggs and use for incubation or a broody hen. Hens can stay fertile for approximitly 10 days ofter been mated with a roo.
    You question is not impossible it is just how many chicks you want and how much extra time you wish to put forth.
  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    You can bring your hen to your friends house and leave her there for a couple days BUT:

    1 - Quarantine issues – if one coop or the other is sick or carriers who do not show sickness – the other coop can end up being wiped out.

    2 - Just cause your hen is now fertile (after the roo visit) - does not mean she will go broody and set on her eggs. Do you have an incubator?

    3 - If your hen does go broody, can you just purchase some fertile eggs from your friend to set under your hen? (This is what I would recommend)

    4 - Have you thought about what you will do with any cockerels you hatch out - since you cannot keep Roos?

    I do not want to discourage you - I LOVE hatching and raising chicks - so I understand the "need" [​IMG] Just some other questions to keep in mind.
  5. Mervin

    Mervin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Some folks might be reluctant due to the threat of disease. There are a lot of apocalyptic warnings about quarantining new birds and such. I think that would be the biggest obstacle.

    Now, a truly entrepreneurial individual might learn how to "milk" a rooster, so to speak. Then they could sell vials as is common with mammals. Wouldn't that be something?
  6. DIYSeattle

    DIYSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2010
    Maple Leaf
    Some people are concerned about spreading disease that way. Most people when getting new chicknes should quarantine new birds to make sure diseases arent introduced to the flock. Other than that I dont see why not. Others have talked about it and the most important thing that comes up is biosecurity, the spreading of disease through various chicken flocks. It would be an easy way to introduce disease, but then again going to the feed store with the same shoes on is also a way to get and spread disease.
  7. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2010
    Quote:I bet there would be a long line of roosters waiting to be "milked"......hehehe
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    The idea is quite common, the main issue is there are so many folks who's care level is not up to par with their own and don't want to risk the chance. Mostly this kind of swapping happens between close chicken friends who know each others chickens and set-up's. But sending or recieving a unknown rooster for most folks is a unacceptable solution.

  9. Mervin

    Mervin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Quote:I bet there would be a long line of roosters waiting to be "milked"......hehehe

    It seems rooster juice loses it vitality quite quickly. Anyway here's a rather in-depth article about artificial insemination with poultry. The last page is really "interesting."

    Artificial Insemination (AI) of Poultry
  10. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2010
    Boy, do I have a new view on why the rooster likes being petted!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by