Stranger chickens?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by OhMyItsAndyy, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. OhMyItsAndyy

    OhMyItsAndyy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, when i got my new chicks, i was having a good chat with the guy. Well, i showed him my remaining hen, fudge (By photograph), and he said he would like to breed his roo's with her as she is VERY pretty.
    I thought about it and actually, when she is llaying, wouldn't mind that.
    However, she doesn't know any of his roo's, but i don't know if that would affect it, they don't really have a "breeding season" do they?

    Any ideas?
     
  2. rocketdog312

    rocketdog312 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pretty much nothing bad could come out of it, roos will actually try and mate as much as they can with as many females just so they could be the most dominant and so most of their chicldren will be the roosters, furthering his genes. It would also be pretty cool if you were to incubate those eggs because you would get a pretty cool looking bird. if i were you, i would do it.
     
  3. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    The time when a hen is most likely to brood is around March/April- September/ October time, however as you may have gathered some people have broodies in winter. Also a cockerel will slow the mating with the hen down after the 'breeding season', but may continue (as mine does).

    If the hen doesn't really know the roosters, then a few days together to sort out the pecking order should be good, and then a few extra days should also be allowed for the eggs produced to be fertile from the rooster- perhaps a couple of weeks at most.

    Good luck [​IMG]
    It's a win-win situation in my opinion [​IMG]

    Edited to add in some extra details [​IMG]
     
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  4. rocketdog312

    rocketdog312 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thats incorrect, a cockeral will mate with a hen any time or season. i have living proof in my backyard.
    and while most hens sit during warmer periods, todays hens are mostly bred for egg production so they will lay eggs all year round. consequently roosters mate with the hens who produce the most eggs the most. then because of that, hen will set almost any time of the year.

    if you require some proof. there is a study done on this behavior

    oh, and hope you make a good descision on this, OP!
     
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  5. OhMyItsAndyy

    OhMyItsAndyy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool. I'll talk to him then. He's a good breeder so i can trust him with my hen, and too look after any of her babies =]
     
  6. rocketdog312

    rocketdog312 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry to be a drag eggsrcool, didn't read your edit [​IMG]
     
  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One thing to keep in mind if you choose to do this is whether or not you will take time to quarintine and the risk you run if you don't. This might be minimal since you are buying chicks from him already, but even healthy looking flocks can bring stuff in that they have built up resitance too, but could be devestating to your birds.
     
  8. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Quote:That's ok [​IMG]

    After I posted it, I realized that my cockerel still mates with the hens occaisonally [​IMG]
     
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  9. dovecanyon

    dovecanyon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This idea was discussed at length about a month ago, and if I remember correctly, it seemed most of the experienced 'chicken folks' suggested that it would be best to bring the rooster to your hen, rather than taking your hen to the rooster, for a number of very good reasons. I will see if I can find the thread, and I'll post a link if I do.
     

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