Rooster Swap. How long til old rooster is out an new in

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by madelynbelle, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. madelynbelle

    madelynbelle Songster

    Mar 24, 2009

    I had BC Marans and Splash Marans all living in the same coop til a week ago when I put each breed in their own pens. Up til that point they had all been comingling including the roosters. How long until the old Roosters sperm will be overtaken by the new roosters. In other words I know the hens have a storage area for sperm that can live up to 3 weeks. If the new rooster is making fresh donations to the hen will that overtake the old ones or do I need to wait the 3 weeks to be sure. I would like to be able to start collecting eggs to incubate but dont want to end up with them mixed breed.

  2. TM Chickens

    TM Chickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    I would wait a few weeks, but I'm not an expert on that. All we have are muts. [​IMG]
  3. Three weeeks is supposed to be it according to all the experts. I always give them a month. Better to be carefull than careless.......Pop
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Three weeks is standard practice. You could go more or less depending how crucial it is to you that the chicks be purebred, and also depending on how difficult it'll be to detect if they aren't (depending on the breeds, colors, etc of the particular roos in question)

    Good luck, have fun,


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