Fertile or not fertile? and for how long??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by justuschickens, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. justuschickens

    justuschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I got two new hens today that have been exposed to a rooster. The dear lady who gave them to us warned us that their eggs could be fertile so if we don't want a brood in about a month we should watch out for hens who want to set on the eggs. I was wondering if anyone knows how long their eggs may be fertile after having been exposed to a rooster.

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  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmmm I am new so I am not shure but I think I have read somewhere like a week or two or something??
     
  3. BoiseBubba

    BoiseBubba Serama Psycho

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    First of all, it depends on the breed of chicken you have, because breeds like Silkies,and Cochins are broody, but breeds like RIR,BR,Leghorn,EEs and Sex-links don't generally go broody and chances are, your birds won't set. I have about 15 roos to 40 hens and usually they don't set.......
     
  4. justuschickens

    justuschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    One is polish, the other is buff orpington. Thank you for your replies. I just wondered. I also have four americaunas and one in particular likes to try and sit on her eggs. I haven't brought the new ones into the flock with the ones I already have yet. They sure are beauties and so tame. The woman who raised them really spent time with them and they love being handled and loved.
     
  5. Ryu

    Ryu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had an Ameraucana Roo that died in the defense of one of his hens. 3.5 weeks later we got to missing him and set two eggs from one of his hens--they were fertile and hatched two healthy chicks.

    Cal lives on!
     
  6. justuschickens

    justuschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! That is amazing and answers my question so well. I wouldn't have imagined they could keep laying fertile eggs for so long after being with the Rooster. Thank you so much for sharing that story.
     

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