Curious

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GardenGal, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long after you re-home your rooster can you still have fertile eggs? We re-homed our roosters just a few days before Christmas, and last week I cracked an egg open that looked fertilized! Huh? Like a dummy, I didn't take a picture. Do roosters leave their...calling cards for that long?
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I've heard 3 weeks.
     
  3. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your hens have been without a male since Christmas, it is very unlikely to have been fertile.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    What did you see that made it look fertilized? Just curious, because I've never been able to tell until after several days of incubation.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm also wondering what criteria you're using to consider the egg fertile.
     
  6. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went by pictures I found on BYC: the "bullseye" in the egg. I noticed our eggs had them shortly after the roosters figured out what they were supposed to do. It wasn't a blood speck, it looked just like the same bullseye. Kind of a moot point now, just made me wonder!
     
  7. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless you have a neighbor with a rooster making a stop by and saying hello. If your girls are free ranging.
     

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