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#114015 - 03/13/15 04:11 PM How Long to Isolate Breeding Hens
Altair Offline
Bantam

Registered: 06/22/11
Posts: 64
Loc: Vermont, USA
In preparations to hatch Isbar this spring we just isolated our breeding hens from a mixed flock. How long should we wait until their reproductive tract is clear before adding the Isbar rooster and collecting eggs to set?

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#116248 - 01/03/17 04:08 PM Re: How Long to Isolate Breeding Hens [Re: Altair]
GitaBooks Offline
New Egg

Registered: 05/26/16
Posts: 5
Loc: USA
I've heard that 2-3 weeks is the time that should be given.

Best of luck with your breeding program!

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#116496 - 03/03/17 07:28 PM Re: How Long to Isolate Breeding Hens [Re: Altair]
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1966
Loc: New Zealand
hens can store semen for a while, so best to err on the side of caution and give them at least three weeks.
What I do with those early eggs that may be fertile, is break them open to check fertility and then use the perfectly good eggs in quiches or other egg recipes. It's a good way to test whether roosters are up to fertilizing, as in early spring their fertility can be down.

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