free range hen fertilization?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by firem3, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. firem3

    firem3 Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Odenville Alabama
    Does a free range hen have to be mated every time she lays an egg to have fertilized eggs or does the rooster only need to "visit" once for the whole batch of eggs to be fertile. Im an egg guy and some one asked me and i said id have to post the question to the experts. the reason for the question is if the hen is free range then could the chicks have different dads which could explain the variations of color and such. Thanks
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2008
  2. jadude

    jadude Songster

    May 22, 2008
    after the roo does his business;) the hen can keep the stuff in her for a month:p

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