Fox took my rooster :-( Will my hens still be laying eggs fertilized by him?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by spicywing, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. spicywing

    spicywing In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2011
    We had a day time visit from Mr Fox on Saturday. He took my rooster and a hen while they were out free ranging.
    I would like to know the chances of the eggs that are being laid now by my 2 remaining hens still being fertile.
    It would be nice to incubate them and get son out of my lost soldier.

  2. mnferalkitty

    mnferalkitty Songster

    May 17, 2012
    Should be fertile for about 5 days
  3. somadlyinlove

    somadlyinlove Songster

    I agree but it's possible that they are fertile much longer. I've heard of people hatching eggs when the roo was gone for well over a month.
  4. bigT88

    bigT88 Chirping

    I just recently hatched eggs from a lost rooster like your case. Didnt put them in the incubator till week later. They all hatched [​IMG]
  5. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    At least sevral days. Like the last poster said it sometimes can be longer but you for shure have 5 or 6 days to gather eggs . You could of course gather for a good solid week and just know there is a chance that a couple may not be but you have a pretty good chance. Im sorry for your loss .

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