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fertized eggs after rooster is gone

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Spear, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. Spear

    Spear New Egg

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    I lost my rooster today and just need a few more fertilized eggs. How long do you think my hens will lay fertilized eggs. One day? two days?
     
  2. Hirad

    Hirad Out Of The Brooder

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    You could potentially see fertile eggs for 2-3 weeks. Depends on how recently he did his job.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Sorry about your loss. Hens can continue to lay fertilized eggs for at least two weeks after the rooster is no longer present - and at times beyond that as well. Generally speaking, after one month a hen would be considered "clear" of one rooster's sperm if you were to be wanting to introduce her to a new rooster for clean breeding
     
  4. Luanne Hott

    Luanne Hott Out Of The Brooder

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    I looked up that very thing on the internet as I just lost my rooster. Supposedly you can have viable eggs for as long as a month as the hens store pockets of sperm. Very strange.
     

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