Crazy question about fertilization of the egg

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mawskittykat, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Mawskittykat

    Mawskittykat Out Of The Brooder

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    How long after a hen has been with the roo before the eggs will be fertile. And for instance if a hen was with a rhode Island Red and you wanted to put her with a barred rock how long should you wait to be sure the eggs you hatched were from the barred rock sire. Sorry for crazy questions but no clue on this end. Someone told me they would stay fertile a while and I just wondered how long all this took
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    "Roughly" 2 days after being bred by a rooster a hen's eggs could be fertile. A hen can retain high fertility from a rooster up to two weeks after his removal, some fertility up to three weeks, and occasional fertility possibly to 4 weeks. Generally 3 weeks is viewed as enough time to allow for the chicks to be sired by the second rooster.
     
  3. Mawskittykat

    Mawskittykat Out Of The Brooder

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    This really helps alot thank you very much for responding
     

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