Same hatching

Ole rooster

Songster
8 Years
Jun 25, 2011
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A quick question here. If a cockerel and a pullet are from the same hatching, are they necessarily brother and sister. How do we know they are form the same mama and papa?
 

Kevin565

Crowing
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10 Years
Dec 22, 2009
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They're not necessarily. Many times different eggs are hatched underneath a broody hen. The eggs sometimes have different parents. Also depending on how old the eggs are the rooster may have been killed and a younger roo could have taken his place. **However, hens can carry the original roo's sperm for a short period.
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
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If you have only one of each and have pure breeds, you may be able to tell. Or if you have a limited number with certain traits, like barring or comb type, you can sometimes get some pretty good information. But with many of our flocks, there is no good way to be sure.
 

KBlue

Songster
8 Years
Apr 21, 2011
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Katy, TX
Since hens often like to do communal nesting, it would be difficult to be sure that 2 chicks are actual siblings.
 

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