fertilizing eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by khgiant12, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. khgiant12

    khgiant12 In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2012
    I just put a hen in with a rooster that I want chicks from before owner takes him away. He will pick him up in a week when he gets home and I was hoping I would have some fertile eggs to hatch . Hen is laying and I was wondering how long it takes to fertilize the hen and how long after rooster is gone will she lay fertile eggs.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Usually the eggs can be fertile in a day or 2, and will remain fertile for 2 weeks after, perhaps even up to 3 weeks. You can crack open an egg tomorrow or the next day, and look for the whitish "bullseye' in the yolk. If you can't see it turn the yolk over.

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