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We sold are Rooster 7 days ago....one of my chickens is acting broody today for the first time ever.  Is there any chance this egg is fertilized....I know that may be a dumb question...I am still learning.

 

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Rachel

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Hello Rachel,

There is no way of knowing whether or not if the eggs are fertile. If she has laid a clutch while the male was still there and you know they mated it is likely they are fertile. The reason why your hen has finally sat on the eggs now is because she believes she has laid enough to hatch. My hen has finally also gone broody today too! We both need too candle our eggs on the 7th or 10th day to check if they are fertile. I do not want to do this as I know mine are fertile but if you are not sure just candle them and check and you will know. I hope I helped Rachel but please look for other sources as I have recently got into chickens myself and my knowledge is from reading tonnes books and spending days on the Internet

Please let me know how it goes, hope you get all fertile and 100% hatch rate big_smile.png

- Yasir
post #3 of 9
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Well....she just has one egg but she is not leaving it.  We would be pretty lucky if that one egg turned out to be fertile...but you never know.  I guess we wll know if a week or so.  Thanks for the advice and good luck to you too!

Rachel

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Even if the egg turns out to be fertile, do you really want to have you hen raise one chick? This would likely mean that the lone chick would be left out on the fringe of the flock until adulthood - quite a lonely existence once momma decides the chick is old enough to look after itself. I observed this in my flock with one of my hatches (when one girls two brothers decided to fight to the death at 3.5 months old). 

It maybe more fruitful to remove the egg, break her broodiness so that when her next broody cycle comes around you will be able to collect and keep a number of eggs to put under her, once she is broody (and have lots of little chicks running around).

 

All the best

CT

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post #5 of 9

Rachel, you ask a question like this, and if you get 7 responses, you are likely to get 8 different answers!  Your girl's eggs are likely to remain fertile for at LEAST 2 weeks after they were last bred by your rooster.  Do you have room in your coop and run for more birds?  Do you want more birds?  Are your current birds ageing out of production, so it would be wise to bring in some chicks this year?  If all of these answers are YES, and your hen IS broody, then you could let her set a clutch of eggs.  The best way to tell if she is broody:  she will sit on the nest all day and night, only getting off for very short intervals to eat, drink, and relieve herself.  If you take her off the nest, she will immediately return.  If she sits tight for several days and nights, you could collect a clutch of eggs, and give them all to her at the same time, and let her hatch them.  If you do this, remove the eggs she has been sitting on when you give her the fresh clutch.  IMO, it's best to give her a place in the coop where she won't be bothered by her flock mates.  You don't want the other hens invading her clutch, fighting over her nest, stepping on her eggs, driving her off the nest, or adding other eggs to it.  You can pick up lots of tips on managing a broody by doing a thread search on the topic, or going to the learning center.  I wish you the best.  BTW, even if she only hatched one single chick, if she's a good mom, she'll take care of integration, and you won't have to worry about that aspect of it.  That's the joy of having a broody.  She'll do ALL of the work, as long as you give her reasonable accommodations. 

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #6 of 9
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Thank y'all...we were hoping there might be more eggs from her that could be fertilized and she could sit on all at once but so far that is her only egg.  She usually lays one a day...but has not layed since 2 days ago.  Is that normal? I have considered purchasing fertilized eggs to put with her one...but haven't decided yet. 

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I was told by multiple breeders that I will be able to keep my chickens together in the winter but a month before collecting eggs for purebred chick hatching they need to be separated into their own breeds. One of them even posted a photo of a mix breed chick hatched from an egg laid by their hen just shy of 4 weeks after being with a different breed rooster

Diane

 

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Barnevelders, Crested Cream Legbars, Delawares

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Diane

 

D's Birds & Bees

Working Class Canine Wildlife Recovery

Frontier Rottweilers

Dogs by Diane Portraits

 

Barnevelders, Crested Cream Legbars, Delawares

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post #8 of 9

Oh, I wish I one of my hens went broody as I have so many fertile eggs! It is so nice to see a mama hen taking care of her chicks. Yes, there is a chance your egg is fertilized. Is there a chance you can get some fertile eggs to add to her 1? That is, if you don't mind getting different breeds or mixed breeds. If you decide to give it a go, there is a wealth of information on the broody threads here at BYC. Thanks to them, I had a very successful experience. Good luck!

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So in case anyone was wondering....our one egg hatched yesterday!  I must say it was pretty exciting.  We candled it and were pretty certain there was a chick forming....but we are novices so you never know.  Yesterday afternoon you could hear the chick peeping inside the egg!  So exciting, then over the course of the next 4 or 5 hours the chick appeared....Cute and strong.  Our hen is an excellent mother and is keeping him/her safe and warm and the other chickens are respecting her space.  I know she will be a little lonely being the only chick but she has such a sweet loving Mama hen and apparently a few loving aunts to show her the way.....exciting stuff! Thank you for all of the advice!

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