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Hi, I want to start hatching my own chicks soon but I'm stuck on the rooster's part. When he mates with a hen, is the egg (whether it has a shell or not) immediately fertilized? Or do I have to wait until the egg that's done 'growing' and ready-to-lay comes out, and then then next will be fertilized? In other words, do I let the hen cycle an egg out and the next upcoming egg will be chick-worthy?

Please help!!!

Live on a 50-cow dairy farm. Have a 30-count flock; includes Buff Orpingtons, Turkens, Leghorns, Rhode Island mixes, and a Black Australorp. Enjoy hunting, drawing, writing, playing the guitar, and nature activities. Believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ. And I love BYC!
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Live on a 50-cow dairy farm. Have a 30-count flock; includes Buff Orpingtons, Turkens, Leghorns, Rhode Island mixes, and a Black Australorp. Enjoy hunting, drawing, writing, playing the guitar, and nature activities. Believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ. And I love BYC!
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The egg has a very narrow window in which fertilization will take place and this window is closed by the time the shell is in place - once mating starts taking place (keep in mind if you are introducing the rooster it can take time for the hens to begin allowing him to mate them) I would suggest waiting 4+ days, collect a few eggs and crack them to check the germinal disc for the tell-tale bullseye that indicates the egg has been fertilized.  Once you start noting fertility in the majority of eggs checked you would collect for hatching. 

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 Thanks for replying! :) So just take any eggs from the nest; doesn't matter which ones? But that sounds like a plan. I'll do that. Thanks a lot and appreciated!

Live on a 50-cow dairy farm. Have a 30-count flock; includes Buff Orpingtons, Turkens, Leghorns, Rhode Island mixes, and a Black Australorp. Enjoy hunting, drawing, writing, playing the guitar, and nature activities. Believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ. And I love BYC!
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Live on a 50-cow dairy farm. Have a 30-count flock; includes Buff Orpingtons, Turkens, Leghorns, Rhode Island mixes, and a Black Australorp. Enjoy hunting, drawing, writing, playing the guitar, and nature activities. Believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ. And I love BYC!
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