How did my hen manage to hatch her eggs?

xXJohnNairXx

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Oct 25, 2020
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I have this hen which i got like 6 months ago from the farm and the eggs she layed when we first got her did not hatch, but 6 months later she managed to make 2 chicks hatch. How is this possible if there is no rooster or can hens lay ferilised eggs after mating (when she was at the farm with other roosters) from months ago? The only other chicken staying with this hen is another hen, we have no roosters.
 

MadamPoofyBrow

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Jun 15, 2015
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Are you positive the other chicken is a hen? Do you have neighbors that own chickens? Hens can retain roosters sperm for 2 weeks, if I'm not mistaken. So there is no way it could lay fertile eggs from 6 months ago.
X2, you may have a stray rooster or something. 2 weeks is normal, 3 would be a stretch. 6 months should be impossible.
 

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