Sending hen on a "date" with a roo.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by huck, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. huck

    huck Out Of The Brooder

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    I am part of the Urban Chicken Underground and live in an area where it is illegal to keep roos. But I'd like some babies next spring/summer.

    The thought crossed my mind that I could potentially send my chosen hen on a date with a special roo.

    Has anyone else done this?

    I'd probably find a willing friend outside of the city, or perhaps someone through the forum who would be willing to barter. (anyone out there interested? I live in DC/Maryland)

    I know there'd be a lot to keep in mind... as there always is when mixing birds of different flocks.

    It's just an idea.

    What are your thoughts?

    Cheers,
    Huck
     
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Huck, it's an interesting idea. But you open your hen up to contact with diseases that may not be apparent in the roo's flock. They may be carriers that don't show illness, and your hen may not be immune to them.

    Good luck.
     
  3. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    It is a fun idea but unless the hen is broody, she won't sit on the eggs and you'll have to incubate them yourself. So it might end up being easier to just buy some fertile eggs from the same out of the city friend and incubate those. Or, if your hen does go broody, buy some fertilized eggs and put them under her.
     
  4. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you considered buying fertilized eggs and hatching them? Are you planning to have momma raise them or incubate them? How can you guarantee that momma will go broody after her "date"? I guess I am a little confused about your quest. [​IMG]
     
  5. huck

    huck Out Of The Brooder

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    You're right... buying eggies to put under her when she's broody seems like the best way to go.

    Thanks.
     
  6. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck to you! [​IMG]
     

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