Time To Separate

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by arsoncop, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. arsoncop

    arsoncop New Egg

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    I have a flock (8) Americauna hens and one Light Brahma rooster. I want to add a Americauna rooster to the flock to start to hatch Americauna eggs. So far we have just been taking and eating the eggs. My question is how long does the Brahma rooster need to be separate from the hens in order not to have a crossbreed issue with the eggs. In other words How long does the rooster's DNA hang around in the hens?
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everything I've read says 3-4 weeks.
     
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    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    x2. I tried 15 days once, and got a couple of unplanned crossbred chicks. Woops!!! Mary
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've read 2 weeks as a minimum, and up to 4 weeks in some cases.

    At least with this cross you could tell at hatch if they're purebred. The Brahma's offspring should have feathered legs. If desired, you could cull or sell the chicks based on that trait.
     

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