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A question about fertility

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by devobrew, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. devobrew

    devobrew Out Of The Brooder

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    Cheers all:
    When a roo mates with a hen, how long does the sperm stay in the hen? Is the sperm used each mating per egg, or does the hen store the sperm for several fertilizations? If she stores it, how long after the roo is removed will she lay fertile eggs?
    thanks:
    kenny
     
  2. gckiddhouse

    gckiddhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2008
    Desert Hills, AZ
    Wow, good question! I will be waiting for a reply....[​IMG]
     
  3. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Oooh, I wanted to know this too!!
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  4. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 to 3 weeks but i have had hens stay fertile for up to a month
     
  5. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    yup [​IMG]
     
  6. gckiddhouse

    gckiddhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2008
    Desert Hills, AZ
    Quote:Where did you get such a big bucket of popcorn!!!!
     
  7. gckiddhouse

    gckiddhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2008
    Desert Hills, AZ
    That is so cool!!

    You know, when we had two hens killed a month ago, we had to butcher them. If you have done that, then you have seen the many yolks of ascending size that are just waiting for a shell. It is pretty amazing. They go all the way to teeny tiny!! I can imagine that all of them could get fertilized. That makes sense, doesn't it? hmm...

    You learn something new everyday!!![​IMG]
     

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