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who's the daddy?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by epmchickens, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. epmchickens

    epmchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone :). I am wondering about roosters fathering the chicks. I will be giving eggs to a friend of mine soon and she requested some silkies. At the moment I have a silkie roo and a d'uccle roo in with the ladies and I am wondering how soon after removing the d'uccle roo I can be sure that the silkie is the father of the chicks to be. I've heard everything from 24 hours to a month! Right now the d'uccle is the stud-muffin in the pen so I'm sure he's the father so far but I'd really like to give her pure silkies asap. Thanks so much for any info :)
     
  2. Animal lover342

    Animal lover342 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would wait about three weeks to a month just to make sure.
     
  3. epmchickens

    epmchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does that in turn mean that I could put a hen and roo together for a day and get fertile eggs from her for that long? That's good to know :) thanks
     
  4. elliechooks

    elliechooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a roo with my 6 girls for 2 days. He was gone on sunday afternoon and I kept all eggs laid on Tuesday and Wednesday for hatching, 9/10 hatched. Our eating eggs were still showing the bullseye for about 3 weeks after he was gone!
     
  5. Animal lover342

    Animal lover342 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ya you could put the hen and roo together for a couple days and her eggs should be fertile for a week or so.
     
  6. epmchickens

    epmchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's amazing! Thanks so much for the info
     

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