Fertility question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Alpha, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Alpha

    Alpha Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 28, 2009
    If a roo successfully mounts and inseminates a hen, how many of her subsequent eggs will be fertile? Is it just the next one she lays, or the next few?
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Can be fertile up to two weeks after mating!
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    When a hen is mounted, she will collect the sperm and store it for, what I've always heard, about 2-3 weeks. Of course, you shouldn't expect one doing to be what fertilizes them, though. I usually expose the hen for a day or two, then get the eggs. Even if the roo is gone, you should get fertile ones for more than a week.

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