does age affect fertility in eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ragerkid2, May 8, 2011.

  1. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My uncle has Barred Rocks and he has a roo. If one of my hens go broody, I would like to put some eggs under her from his flock. But heres the catch, his birds are three years old or they may even be four (not sure)... Will they hatch?
    Thanks!
    ~Brandon
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2011
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    They should be fine as long as his rooster is still active - and they are probably nice big eggs!

    If there are more than 12 hens in the pen, try to get eggs from the rooster's favorite hens to be sure they are fertile.
     
  3. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there is only 1 roo and two hens.
     
  4. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Then I'm betting all the eggs are good to go.
     
  5. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay I'm glad! Now I also wanted different breeds so I am very confused on how to get them. Most people only sell the eggs per dozen and I want a bunch of different breeds probally 2 or 3 eggs per breed...
     
  6. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    We have a 5 year old roo with our hens, and getting good eggs off of them [​IMG]
     
  7. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Try posting a Craigslist ad asking if anyone out there is willing to sell you just 3 or 4 fertile eggs from breed X or breed Y (fill in one to three breed names.) Maybe someone would. You just need to ask around.
     
  8. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Quote:100% Agreed.

    Where I'm at, craiglist is overflown with fertile eggs for sell. You could probably get a great deal.

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