Can a chicken fertilize sperm from two different roosters at the same?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chubakkalokz, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. chubakkalokz

    chubakkalokz Out Of The Brooder

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    Can a chicken fertilize sperm from two different roosters at the same? does anyone know?
     
  2. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your question is worded a little vague but I'll try to answer. One hen can carry the sperm of one or many roos but only one sperm will fertilize one egg. Unless you have a double yoker. One hen can there for lay eggs fertilized by several different roos within a 2 month period.
     
  3. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, basic science class from school. Once an egg is fertilized by a single sperm, it becomes "closed" to any other sperm attempting to enter it. Only one father, one mother per being:)
     
  4. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand you have to keep a hen away from undesirable roosters for 4 weeks to be certain that sperm from the undesirable rooster is out of her system.

    The preferred rooster can be allowed with the hen during the isolation period, but will not be guaranteed to be the father of the eggs laid during that 4 weeks, might be his or the roosters that got to the hen before that isolation period started.
     
  5. chubakkalokz

    chubakkalokz Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for all your answers
     
  6. aussieheelr

    aussieheelr Chillin' With My Peeps

    so... each egg can only have 1 father. Each clutch can have several fathers.
     
  7. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    You definitely got it right. Gloria Jean
     
  8. chubakkalokz

    chubakkalokz Out Of The Brooder

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    wait wait, so each clucth could have several fathers? for example: like out of 12 chicks, 6 can be from one rooster and the other 6 can be from the other rooster?
     
  9. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yep...a clutch is made up of eggs laid once a day for several days. Each egg had a father (roo) contribution...each egg could have received a contribution from a different roo. So a clutch of a dozen eggs would very well have numerous fathers!
     
  10. chicknjane

    chicknjane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so lifespan of chicken sperm is 30 days???

    Does that mean if I mated a hen with a rooster on day one, then kept her isolated all the eggs for the next 30 days could technically be fertilized by that one mating?
     

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