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Selective breeding of chickens
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Kane    Posted 02-21-2002 at 22:35:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was wondering the duration it takes for a rooster's sperm to fertilize the egg.. In other words,,how many eggs have to be expelled before the sperm is utilized
I will be doing selective breeding and I have muliple roosters that if i am not careful they will interbreed.

the birds are Java's they predate the jersey giant. An Heirloom bird
any suggestions will help

Robert R Sauter    Posted 06-02-2008 at 17:05:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What 2 kinds of chickens do I need to hatch out a red cornish cross??

Stretch    Posted 02-22-2002 at 06:23:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chickens need to breed once a week to ensure fertile eggs. Hope this helps.

kane    Posted 02-22-2002 at 12:16:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
So if I isolate the breeding pair, and ensure that the hens adapt to the breeding area, I only need to have the rooster in there for 1 day and that should fertilize the whole weeks eggs that the hens produce?

Stretch    Posted 02-22-2002 at 16:42:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Assuming they breed that day, and it's successful. If you have room to isolate the pair, and are only breeding that pair, I'd leave them together, at least for a while.

I used to have a breeding flock of 7,000 hens and 700 roosters. Averaged an 85% hatch during peak production. Guess them roosters earned their keep.

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