fertalizing eggs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lividsorrow, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. lividsorrow

    lividsorrow Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2015
    Maybe this has been asked, but I didn't see it. When a rooster does his business with a hen, how long does his stuff last? How many eggs can get fertilized if the hen lays every day?
    I ask because our roo isn't a very busy boy, and when he is, he's very selective to a couple hens. He'll tag the others about once a week, but when I get a hen to go broody, I want eggs from each bird to be hatched.
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    You can check your eggs to see if they are fertile. They should stay fertile for 2 weeks or longer after they have been bred, though the fertility does drop over time. You can crack an egg open to see if it's fertile. Do a thread search for "how to tell if an egg is fertile". You should find some good pics that will help you to determine what you're looking for.

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