Birds and the bees question.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alaskachick, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    "Chickens for Dummies" was probably written with me in mind, but since I do not own it, I have to as you a real winner of a question.
    When a rooster mates with a chicken, does it impregnant the egg that is developing inside her that day, or is it good for more that one day/egg?

  2. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Hens actually hold a load of spermin thier reproductive track for several weeks after a mating so one visit from the roo can mean many fertile eggs. It's a common thing with birds.

    At the same time do expect one mating to lead to fertile eggs. Roos aren't always a good shot so you need to leave him with the hens for a good week if you expect to hatch eggs.

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