Fertile eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rennie, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Rennie

    Rennie Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    My cockerel treaded 2 of my hens today for the first time .. He is 5 months old and looking very randy lol...

    My question is this .. How long will it be (if he is fertile) before the eggs from the hens are fertilised? If one lays tommorow which she is due to, will it be fertilised or do i have to wait a few days ?

    Im hoping to make one of the hens broody and sit the eggs .. but there is no point if they wont even be fertilised [​IMG]
  2. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Songster

    Sep 21, 2009
    You may need to wait a few weeks. Just because the roo is mounting doesn't mean he's doing his job. It takes them a little while to get the hang of it. I would start checking your eggs. Then set once you are getting consistently fertile eggs.

    It took almost 3 weeks from the time I saw my roos first mounting to getting 95% fertility!

    If he did get the job done though it will take a couple of days for the egg to be fertile. So not today's egg or tomorrows but the next day should be!

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