Could they be fertile

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happyheart, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. happyheart

    happyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok i got 2 silkie girls both a year old and both had been tortured by a rooster [​IMG] ok not funny ....
    anyhow how long does the sperm last in their sytems. They are sitting on their 3 eggs so I havnet disturbed them. i know silkies are broody and will sit. But is there a chance they could be fertile?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    2-3 weeks. 1 one if you want to be more certain.
     
  3. happyheart

    happyheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they havent laid anymore since those 3 and started to sit on them and it was about 3 days after I brought them home. That would be really exciting!!
     
  4. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I belive rooster sperm can live for up to 10 days in the reproductive tract, so there is a good chance those are fertile eggs. Good luck!
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I recently did a test on this and pulled a rooster and monitored fertility on the hens. At 3 weeks I started finding infertile eggs. I'd say up to 3 weeks is a safe bet and worth a try.
     

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