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Any Chance That The Eggs Are Fertile ????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Yvonne37894, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rooster has been gone for over 1 month!

    Hens have not laid any eggs for that month!!

    Hens are 1 1/2 years to 2 years old.

    Last 4 days hens have been laying again.

    Is there any chance that they could be fertile ???

    I opened up the 4th egg, it looked like it had the bulls eye, or is that just me hoping?

    How long can the sperm stay with the egg in the hen and still be fertile???
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I really doubt that they are.
     
  3. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I put 4 in bator the day they laid them, just in case. 21 days to find out.
     
  4. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some people say they've had fertile eggs 4 weeks after roo is gone...
    good luck!
     
  5. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read in a few books that eggs can be fertile up to 3 weeks after removing the male. I think 4 weeks would be pushing it, but not completely imposible.
     
  6. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was hoping that because no eggs were being laid, that what was inside could be fertile.
    How far back in the chain of eggs are they fertile?
    Does that make sense.
    If he matted and no eggs were laid then couldn't some still be fertile?
     
  7. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    It does not hurt to hope, go ahead and try... why not!

    Some books I have say 30 days. They suggest leaving a hen separate for 35 days before introducing a new rooster for fertilization.

    So, fingers crossed for ya!
     
  8. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks vfem
    You've given me new hope for my new to me lavender ameraucana's
    Now if I could just find out the line they came from.
     
  9. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
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    i think even if the hen could store the sperm for longer, doesn't mean it would still be alive....
    but... who knows.... maybe chickens have some sort of long living swimmers... or something more technical than that.. i say go ahead and try... you're not out anything other than a few scrambled eggs for breakfast and a couple more $ for the electric bill on the bator...
     
  10. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Let us know how it goes! I hope they develop!!
     

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