gettin ready for baby chicks

peanut2685

In the Brooder
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Apr 10, 2012
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Hi i have had my 8 girls for 2 months now, and i just got them a rooster. was just wonder how long it will take till there eggs are fertile.and should i keep the eggs with my girls or should i take them out and put them in an incubator. i still want to get eggs for the table does it matter if those eggs are fertile or not or should i just build a runner next to there pen and put the rooster and one hen in that and let them go till the chicks are born. I'm so confused. new at this sorry.i have 6 BR hens 1 old english hen and 1 road- island red and the BR rooster in one cage,is it ok to have them all in one cage, i hope. thank you for any answers.
 

Den in Penn

Songster
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Dec 15, 2011
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The rooster has to establish himself. That can vary a little. Once they mate, its takes a couple of days to be sure of fertility. Hatching the eggs yourself or letting the hen do it depends on how quickly you want the chicks, It may take a while for a hen to decide to go broody, if ever. Fertile eggs are fine for the table.
 

peanut2685

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 10, 2012
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one other thing if one of my girls do go broody how many eggs will she lay in one day, is it still only one a day?
 

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