Wait time after changing roosters

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by RangeChicks, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. RangeChicks

    RangeChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long should you wait after taking one roo out & introducing a new one to collect eggs for hatching?
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    2 to 3 weeks
     
  3. Jedwards

    Jedwards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you're impatient at times like myself you can always crack an egg open to see if it's fertile every few days, then make an omelet.[​IMG]
     
  4. RangeChicks

    RangeChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just want to be sure that I only get purebreds. The crossbred roo that was living with her has been out for 2 weeks. She was in a molt & not laying. She began laying about a week after he was taken out. The new roo was introduced to her yesterday. We want to start incubating eggs from the new roo as soon as it is "safe". I saw on another thread that possibly as long as 23 days later the eggs hatched were from the previous rooster.
     
  5. Jedwards

    Jedwards Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah I see, then definitely wait a good amount of time until all the eggs that were fertilized by him are long gone. I thought you were just lookin for fertile eggs oops
     
  6. RangeChicks

    RangeChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just cracked yesterday's egg from her & it was infertile. Does that mean we now have a fresh start? The roo who was with her was young & she had not been laying since October. She went broody (REALLY broody) and when we finally got that broken, she went into a molt.
     

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