Separating full stock to incubate eggs???? How long do you wait??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenchickenbulkbulk, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of my chickens run together...now I want to separate my New Hampshire to incubate. How long should I wait to start keeping eggs for incubation so that I don't get any mixed chicks? I know the answer to a turkey, but not chickens. I separated them on the eve of 10-20-08. [​IMG] I read on another forum 3 weeks, but I wouldn't think it would be that long..At least I hope not. Any advice!?!
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I usually wait a month to ensure they are pure from the breed I want.

    Jody
     
  3. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read on a turkey when they breed one time.. the hen will stay fertile for up to 10 days. I can't find that info on a chicken!! [​IMG] I guess that I will have to be patient.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have read chickens can stay fertile up to 16 days. I would go with Jody, and wait a month, just to be sure.
     
  5. Ms. Lewis Rich

    Ms. Lewis Rich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know when you breed a chicken A. I. they say 10 days tops but probly 4 to 5 days is more like it. Do not know how that applys to natural breeding.
     

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