Fertile chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shoo80, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. shoo80

    shoo80 Out Of The Brooder

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    How old does a rooster have to be to be able fertilize a hen and old does the hen have to be to be fertilized? My chickens are only 20 weeks old.
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Mother nature has a way of keeping this all figured out. Once the cockeral starts to mate, usually by 20 weeks, he will become more fertile within a short time.

    The first pullet eggs are smaller and not the ones you want to hatch.

    Once the eggs a larger, you can figure they are fertile, if the pullet to cockeral ratio is good.

    Usually one male to 10 to 14 females works out just fine.

    bigzio
     
  3. shoo80

    shoo80 Out Of The Brooder

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    Will and banty rooster fertilize and standard size chicken? They are practicing right now.
     
  4. Tsagirl

    Tsagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eugene,OR
    How long until the eggs become a good size to start to incubate them?
    I am so excited because my frizzles just started to lay and...they are fertilized!
    :eek:
     

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