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Fertile?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fluff-n-Feathers, May 10, 2011.

  1. Fluff-n-Feathers

    Fluff-n-Feathers Out Of The Brooder

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    I wasn't sure which topic to post this under, but I think this is the best fit.

    Anyway, how long after being bred will a hen lay fertile eggs?

    I'm planning on breeding one of my silkies and putting her eggs under my broody cochin, and she may have been bred awhile back, but I'm not sure if her eggs would still be comming out fertile.
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  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    The longest I've heard of is 2 or 3 weeks after leaving the rooster.
     
  3. Fluff-n-Feathers

    Fluff-n-Feathers Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, thanks!!

    looks like I have to arrange a date night with a black silkie roo now!
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have read on BYC that it can last up to one month but that that is not typical.

    2 weeks is more typical. But to be absolutely safe (like if you are a breeder and it really matters to you) then waiting one month is prudent.

    I will try to find a thread....
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=314818
    here is one
     
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  5. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On the other end, how long til the eggs START being fertile?

    Say that I introduce a rooster to my flock, when do the eggs start being fertile? The next day? A week?
     
  6. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    On the other end, how long til the eggs START being fertile?

    Say that I introduce a rooster to my flock, when do the eggs start being fertile? The next day? A week?

    From my understanding 2 or 3 days.​
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2011

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