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The lowdown on chicken sperm (?) needed please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MammaHen, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. MammaHen

    MammaHen Songster

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    Ok so here's the deal. I got a bunch of RIR's, Boschvelds (SA breed) and a pavement special - all hens. I have 6 roosters - 2 RIR's and the other 4 are dodgy pavement specials and the whole big happy family all free range together. I want to incubate and hatch some real dinkum RIR's so I plan to put a couple of good laying RIR's hens in their own enclosure with my fabulous RIR rooster. How long should I wait before using the eggs for hatching. ie: how long to make sure I'm not going to get eggs fertilised by the dodgy roosters?
     

  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    3 - 4 weeks
     
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

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    I have read on here 3-4 weeks. If I'm wrong, someone will correct me.
     
  4. purecountrychicken

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    I think I read somewhere 30 days but I'm not positive about that.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Usually, separating the hens from one rooster for three weeks is sufficient to ensure that the new rooster is the sire of the chicks. Some say wait four weeks to be absolutely sure, but it would be rare for a hen to be fertile by one rooster for that long after separation.
     
  6. Barn Maid Ann

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    What is a pavement special? Mixed breed?
     
  7. MammaHen

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    Yup. Basically of dodgy heritage. x
     

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