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#61023 - 07/11/04 06:00 PM First year Amherst
Anonymous
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Hi,
I just talked to someone who has had success breeding a trio of yearling Lady Amhersts. I have always read, heard, and seen that first year birds especially the roosters rarely breed. I have some 2004 hatch chicks and wonder what are my chances with them for spring 2005. They are about 2-3 weeks old now. Please respond on the message board since my e-mail isn't working. Thanks for any help
Tom

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#61024 - 07/11/04 07:21 PM Re: First year Amherst
John T. Offline
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Registered: 03/15/03
Posts: 177
Loc: Mississippi
The amherst will sometimes breed the first year. The hens will lay but the males will not always be fertile. Many males do not take an interest in breeding the first year. 2-3 week old birds are late birds to expect fertility next year. Better luck will come from early hatch birds. It will depend more on heredity, it the parents bred in the first year they may also. If there is an older male to breed to the young hens you would be more likely to hatch young.

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