Fertilization Question???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1eyejer, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. 1eyejer

    1eyejer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 18 hens with one rooster, he has been in with them for a couple of months, If i remove him and put a different rooster in, how long before they are fertilized by the new rooster, and how long before the old roosters love potion wears off??
     
  2. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some people say 2 weeks, some say more to be absolutely sure.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    2 or 3 weeks although some studies indicate that a hen can retain sperm from a rooster for up to 4 weeks. After 2 weeks, the majority of the chicks should be sired be the new rooster.
     

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