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when do chickens lay eggs that are fertile?

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Thread Starter 

i know this sounds stupid but i know absolutely nothing about egglaying. my local store told me that they only sell chickens in spring because that is when they are born. does that mean that chickens only lay fertile eggs in the spring? can they have babies in the fall winter or summer, and most importantly: is it likely?

thanks so much,

-chickeneer45

post #2 of 5

They dont lay fertilized eggs   . You need a rooster to mate.

post #3 of 5

If a hen is healthy, if a rooster is doing his job in mating her, a hen virtually lays fertile eggs all the time.

 

Many stores only sell chicks in spring.  This has no bearing at all.

 

 

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thanks a lot. yes, i do have a rooster.

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I've had hens go broody and hatch out eggs in the middle of winter. Feed stores seem to prefer selling chicks in Spring only. I suppose it is easier to raise chicks during the warmer months.

 

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