Fertileness Of Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CACKLEBERRYSHAWN, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. CACKLEBERRYSHAWN

    CACKLEBERRYSHAWN Out Of The Brooder

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    Does the hen have to breed EACH time for EACH egg to be fertile
    or only once for SEVERAL eggs at a time?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    She can be successfully bred once, and the eggs will stay fertile for up to 3-5 weeks. Hens store the sperm and let it fertilize one egg at a time.
     
  3. CACKLEBERRYSHAWN

    CACKLEBERRYSHAWN Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Illia
     
  4. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kind of interesting!
     
  5. Kickin' Chickin'

    Kickin' Chickin' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have learned something new today -- thank you. This actually answered a question I hadn't even thought up yet!!
     
  6. coonriver

    coonriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So does anyone take the rooster out of the breeding pens after they breed or do you keep them in all the time?
     
  7. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

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    Question: If I know one rooster fertilized a hen's eggs, but then I breed with another rooster, will the hen use the second rooster's sperm? Or what? I want to breed, then remove all rooster's until I get a hen's egg, but I am not sure whether the eggs will use the first rooster's sperm or not?
     
  8. Sumatra55

    Sumatra55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It just depends, If you for some reason need to know the the true sire, you will have to wait around 2 weeks before re-breeding to a new male.
     
  9. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

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    This is so I can pure breed my hens and roos... Not just random mating...
     
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:My system works that males and females each have their own separate large areas - Breeding is a process that takes anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 hours. So yes, you can remove the breeding pair and still have fertile eggs, you just have to make sure that there was a successful breeding. [​IMG] (wouldn't want to go into details but I hope you know what I mean)
     
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