separation for breeding

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ToddQ, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. ToddQ

    ToddQ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2016
    Ellicottville, NY
    I know a lot of people hatch chicks year round, but I notice a lot also do their hatching for spring. Im wondering when you all start separating your chickens into their breeding pens for your spring hatches?
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    My hens are put into breeding pens this time in January.
    I will start hatching chicks at the end of January and go untill April/may
  3. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2016
    What I do is begin separating my hens late in November or early in December without a rooster until I know their eggs are no longer fertile from other roosters. This usually takes around 1-3 weeks. I then encourage some of my silkie hens to go broody in case I have an incubator problem. Then I introduce the roosters I would like to breed with the hens and begin collecting eggs when they become fertile. By the end of January, most of my hatching is done unless my hens hatch their own chicks.
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