Hen sitting on eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Amy Owens, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Amy Owens

    Amy Owens New Egg

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    One of my hens has been sitting on some eggs for about a week, however I am not sure that the eggs are fertile since my rooster has been kept away from the hens for a couple of months due to injury. Does someone know how long a hen can stay fertile?
     
  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    I have read ten days.
     
  3. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard anywhere from 3-4 weeks. If she will let you, try candling them.
     
  4. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    For each successful mating, I believe she'll be fertile for the next 2-3 wks, maybe a smidge more.
     
  5. Amy Owens

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    She will let my husband reach under her. We have never done candling how do you do that?
     

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