Fertility of Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Muqtasid, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. Muqtasid

    Muqtasid New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Feb 7, 2013
    Hi! I have a confusion whether one cross of rooster with hen is enough for whole bunch of eggs in hen or each egg requires a cross with rooster.

    Regards.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    15,019
    2,504
    416
    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    Has the hen been with any other rooster? A rooster's sperm can stay in the hen's system from 2-4 weeks. It depends on how "potent" the roo is as to how many he will fertilize in one mating. Of course the longer the hen and roo are together, the higher the chances of fertile and number of fertile eggs are going to rise.

    http://www.raising-chickens.org/chicken-breeding.html

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/314818/how-many-eggs-can-a-rooster-fertilize-in-one-breeding

    Both touch on the topic of breeding.
     
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by