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trying not to crossbreed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by klalbrek, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. klalbrek

    klalbrek Hatching

    May 9, 2012
    I have two different breeds together. If I let them have chicks how far ahead of time should I seperate them so I don't get crossbreeding?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    A hen can maintain high fertility up till 2 weeks after removal of a rooster, some fertility up to 3 weeks, and occasional fertility up to 4 weeks. I wouldn't recommend setting eggs until at least 3 weeks after separation.
  3. chippysmom327

    chippysmom327 Songster

    Nov 26, 2012
    Apollo, PA
    Newbie Question!!! Is it "dangerous" to crossbreed? I had 2 crossbreeds... they are healthy and happy. Just wanted to know if they could possibly have health problems down the road.
  4. No, they're fine. I have a ton of mutts around here, and they are actually hardier and healthier than any of the purebreeds. :)
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    What MsBagawkbagawk said.
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Crossbreeds tend to be tough and on average productive but such are usually dead end birds when they leave your farm since it is hard to find someone interested in birds that are not predictable in terms of productivity or appearance. As a whole humans are a fickle lot.

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