fetile...how long?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spoolin, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. spoolin

    spoolin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just had a problem with my neighbor, and had to get rid of my rooster. so ikept my hens.... how long will the hens stay fertile without a rooster? cause my orpington started to lay eggs and has 5 eggs, but doesn't lay on them..... can anyone help me?
    thank you
     
  2. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    They should continue to lay fertile eggs for around 1-1.5 weeks. [​IMG]
     
  3. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    I think most agree it's about 3 weeks. Although fertility does progressivly drop. So start saving those eggies and hatch hatch hatch. Sorry to hear about your roo.
     
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  4. hillerfamily

    hillerfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    I lost my roos because they fought each other about 3 weeks back, and I am still getting eggs that are fertile....odd but hey....Im no chicken-olo-gist
     
  5. spoolin

    spoolin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wat do you mean by start saving those eggs?
     
  6. hillerfamily

    hillerfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    you can keep the fertile ones in the fridge and slip them under a broody hen if you want them to hatch or put them in a bator
     
  7. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    If you're wanting to hatch some more save the eggs the hens are laying now and put them under a broody or in the bator. I don't reccomend putting them in the fridge though. Usually I'll put mine in the spare bedroom on the bed so they'll be undisturbed til I'm ready to set them.
     
  8. hillerfamily

    hillerfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    well darn it man..i was told put um in the fridge......durn. hope i dont have problems:/
     
  9. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    Refridgerated eggs can hatch but usually not as well as nonrefridgerated ones. Hope yours do well for ya.
     
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  10. hillerfamily

    hillerfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    well, i now see where my problems have been...thanks for straightening me out...we were not having much luck with the fridge ones
    ***a little 'enlightenment' goes a long way***lol
     

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