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suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
When do hens become fertile?
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:44:01 pm »
The cream legbars that we hatched under a broody last year are coming into lay.... We had a small blue egg earlier this week. Very excited!!


As part of my plan to have a variety of colour in my egg boxes, I plan to cross the legbars with a Welsummer cockerel and hopefully the resulting hens will lay olive eggs next year.


Both the cockerel and hens were hatched in 2013.


Would I get fertile eggs off them this summer? Or shall I wait until next year?
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Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: When do hens become fertile?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014, 01:52:52 pm »
If they are almost a year old they will certainly be fertile.

If you were breeding pure breeds i'd wait till the second year just to see what the birds turned out like but if you are just breeding crosses for egg colour then go for it!  :thumbsup:

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: When do hens become fertile?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014, 05:53:35 pm »
Thanks Clansman  ;D ;D
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Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: When do hens become fertile?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2014, 06:12:19 pm »
I got very excited last week when my Colombine laid her first egg and it was a greeny blue!  Mixed colour boxes of eggs are just strangely appealing somehow.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: When do hens become fertile?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2014, 11:42:22 am »
You will probably get a better hatch rate from hens laying in their second and third years.

 

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