Can chickens hold Semen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by texascowboy1979, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If a chicken Breeds and has chicks... and Then I loose my male, and then later on she lays eggs with no male, can the eggs be fertile? Are chickens able to hold semen inside for another egg laying or does she need a male to fertilise the eggs each time she lays?
  2. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    When a hen is mated the semen will stay in her body for anywhere from 1-3 weeks. So, if she was successfully mated by your roo in that time frame before he died, then there is a reasonable chance that you could hatch eggs that were fertilized by your roo. Make sense?
  3. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Near Wilton Iowa
    It's my understanding that a hen will be fertile after matting for about 30 days. The best chance of getting fertile eggs will be in the first few days after matting and then it will drop off pretty fast.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    A hen does not need to be mated each day for her to lay fertile eggs. How long th eggs remain fertile will vary per individual. They could last for as little as a week or as long as three weeks. I believe two weeks is an accepted average, but that means that some are not still fertile at two weeks.
  5. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Makes perfect sence... thanks...
  6. Big Red Hen

    Big Red Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Smoaks, SC
    Wow! I didn't know that!! Good info.[​IMG]
  7. FingerLakesChick

    FingerLakesChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2007
    Western New York
    This might sound crazy, but our roo has been gone for 3 months (at least) and some of the eggs my girls are laying still have a bullseye. That means their fertile right?
  8. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    A bullseye is fertile!
  9. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State
    I'd second Ridgerunner's comments. FingerLakesChick, if you've had no roo for 3 months and are still getting fertile eggs, you've got to be getting a roo from somewhere else or you're misreading the "bullseye".

    God Bless,
  10. G Wiz Ranch

    G Wiz Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Lompoc, CA

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