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Chicken /egg question

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Hi I sure hope that this isn't to corny of a question
I picked up my chickens on April 15/16 and for 3 days my brother in law peter had kept them in his coop with his hens and a rooster , I don't have a rooster, so my question is . If my hens were with a rooster for three days does that mean that my hens eggs are fertilized eggs , or do I need to have a rooster in with them all the time for that to be the case. I know that I don't need a rooster to have my hens lay eggs I'm just curious about them already being exposed to a rooster ?
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They *may* be fertile - however, it is also possible that three days was not sufficient time for them to accept the rooster's advance (if he made them)  as it can take longer than that for a hen to allow herself to be mated.  One thing you can do is crack an egg or two and examine the germinal disc for signs of the tell-tale bullseye mark indicating that the egg was fertilized -- or you can set some and candle to check for development.

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Thankyou for this information it was helpful
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