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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

    Jan 18, 2011
    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

    Mar 24, 2016
    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

    Mar 9, 2014
    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

    Feb 7, 2011
    Blairsville, GA
    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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