Separating chickens to get purebred eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jaybirds3, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. jaybirds3

    jaybirds3 Hatching

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    Hi!

    I am new here, but love the site!

    I have several breeds of bantams in a mixed flock. I would like to separate some pairs out to get purebred eggs to hatch. How long would they have to be separated in order for any previous sprem to be eliminated? So far, we have just been eating the eggs, but this year I would like to incubate some eggs.

    Thanks for any info!

    ~Jean
     
  2. Nikkumz

    Nikkumz Songster

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    I believe sperm can stay in the hen for up to two weeks...Not positive but i have heards this :
     
  3. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    minimum 2 weeks......4 weeks to be safe. Unless you tell folks there is a possibility they aren't 100% pure. But then, that defeats the purpose, doesn't it?
     
  4. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Quote:agreed!
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  5. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

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    Yup - 4 for sure - Especially if you plan to sell them as pure breed hatching eggs.
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I always wait 4 weeks.
     
  7. crazygoatlady915

    crazygoatlady915 Songster

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    Quote:Yup
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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] If you are hatching for yourself and don't mind the possibility of a crossbred 3 weeks. If you are selling eggs or do not want to deal with the occassional mutt, 4 weeks.
     
  9. peacockfarmer1

    peacockfarmer1 Songster

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    i agree with everyone else i think 3 to 4 weeks is good
     
  10. Luke13:34

    Luke13:34 Songster

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    I'm gonna agree, too, just so I'll look smart and cool! [​IMG]
     

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