Do Chickens have to mate daily for each egg to be fertile?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Youngfamily1989, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Youngfamily1989

    Youngfamily1989 In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2007
    Tennessee City
    I have alot of questions you guys have been very helpful. This is a very active forum, thank you. A friend told me chickens have to mate every day in order for each egg to be fertile unlike wild turkeys that only have to mate once a year and all their eggs will be fertile for that season. Can you all verify this or is it not true.
  2. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    I'm no expert, but I learn from some of the best on this site. I have read that one mating will last approx. 10-14 days. I'm sure an expert will help you. [​IMG]
  3. nuchickmama

    nuchickmama Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    Rock Island, TN
    According to the Chicken Bible, ( Storey's Guide) ,"highly productive hens remain fertile longer than hens that lay at a slower rate, and single comb breeds remain fertile longer than rose comb breeds- as long as a month, but that's pushing your luck. The average duration of fertility is about ten days."
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2007

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