Fertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Teresaann24, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Up to how long can a hens eggs be fertile without a roo?

    I have 1 adult roo I wanna switch between 2 girls..My young roo is just not getting the job done.

    My guess is putting him with the new hen I need to wait 10 days before her eggs are fertile.

    So how long will the other hens eggs be fertile when I switch him to the new hen?
     
  2. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Iʻm no expert, but Iʻve heard breeders say that they quarantine a hen for up to 90 days before they breed it to a different roo.
     
  3. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    I belive she can begin to be fertile from the new roo as soon as two or three days, but that the old roo may still be fertile also in her tract up to a month, or even longer, but less likely to be the father with each passing day. Within ten days or so most of the babies would likely be fathered by the current roo.
     
  4. poultryone

    poultryone Out Of The Brooder

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    A hen may remain fertile for several weeks after first being paired with a male chicken.
     
  5. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Quote:Well she isn't a new hen for me..LOL I have had her over a year she just has not been with a roo for a couple of months due to broody and raising her babies. She has been here longer then any of my chickens.
     
  6. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I decided to keep her with my younger roo till spring.

    She is older and may get him where he needs to be..LOL

    I have not seen him breed her yet...I have seen him attempt too. So I can only wait and hope he is producing fertile eggs. So this way I know he is producing when I put him with the girl I intend him to be with.
     

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