baby chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mrcaterpillar, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. mrcaterpillar

    mrcaterpillar New Egg

    Mar 25, 2012
    I want to begin raising chickens for eggs but would also like to bring a rooster in to fertilize the hens when it is time so we can raise some baby chicks for the grandkids. My son says once the hens have been fertilized they will remain fertilized forever without a rooster present. Is this true?
  2. scarletgal

    scarletgal Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2010
    No. When you ad a different rooster or move a hen I have always heard to wait 2 weeks before collecting to hatch with the new rooster. Same with antibiotics. Wait 2 weeks... so I think 2 weeks may seem like forever to some, but it's really only 14 days.
  3. justin24

    justin24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    memphis tn
    hens never stay fertilized that long they need a roo in there forever for that to happen

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