seperating Roos

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Eggzactly, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Eggzactly

    Eggzactly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    question to all those that breed but keep several different breeds.How do you make sure you bred pure breed chicks and eggs if you have a couple of roos and a bunch of pullets?
    Do you keep the roosters seperate all together or do yo islate those that you want to breed and for how long?
     
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    I believe a hen can store a rooster's sperm inside her for up to 100 days, so you need to isolate the hen and rooster you want to breed and keep them together for quite a while before you can be assured that the eggs you are getting are both fertilized AND pure.
     
  3. yoker

    yoker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the hen was with a Rooster before she needs to be with the new rooster for 3 weeks before you can be sure that the new Rooster is the father.
    But if you don't put in a new rooster the sperm may still be in her body for a month.
    In my new chicken coop I am going to make at least 4 different breeding pens for my different breeds.
     
  4. Eggzactly

    Eggzactly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok Thanks for the input people.
     

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