Are my Chicken's mating?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by treeowl, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. treeowl

    treeowl Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2009
    ok here goes... I really don't even know how to ask this but to just come right out and say it. My chickens and roosters are 5months old, the roosters have just started learning to crow and my hens laying very nice large eggs, recently the roosters are trying to mount the hens. I guess what i'm trying to ask is how long does the rooster have to stay on the hen to fertilize her so that the eggs can hatch? so far 10 or 15 sec seems to be as long as it lasts. Reminds me of alot of men lol. but seriously how do you know? I would hate to not gather my eggs and then them not hatch either. Any help out there for this question.[​IMG]
  2. Cockadoodlezoo

    Cockadoodlezoo Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 3, 2009
    South Dakota
    Yep they are mating. Doesn't take long does it? [​IMG]
  3. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's very quick. How to tell is by cracking open an egg and looking for that white bulls eye on the yolk. There's a sticky about that somewhere on here with pics. After one mating the hen's eggs will all be fertile for up to three weeks.

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