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I have a rooster that is kept separate from my hens and I wanted to have some fertile eggs for incubating. I introduced the rooster every day for a week and they mated within the first five minutes. How many times do they need to mate to ensure fertility? How long after they have mated are they fertile and how long are the fertile for? Lots of questions, I know but I appreciate your help. Thanks!

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They're probably fertile. If you have a few to spare, crack them open. Fertile eggs will have a white 'bullseye' on the yolk. Hens can stay fertile for up to three weeks after a rooster is removed.
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If you put them together on say Monday, then Monday's egg won't be fertile, and Tuesday's might not be. Wednesday's egg should be, and one mating can keep a hen fertile for a good two weeks. 

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