how long are eggs fertile for?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by farmerbrownsdaughter, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. farmerbrownsdaughter

    farmerbrownsdaughter In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2009
    Maple Ridge, B.C.
    Here's the thing, I cant have a rooster due to close nieghboors but have access to one, so if I leave my hens with him for a week or so, how long will the eggs be fertile for? Is it even worth it?
  2. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    yes it is worth it....... 30 days
  3. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    It wouldn't take a week. Within a few days he'll probably cover all of them. They should produce fertile eggs for at least a week, probably 2weeks, possibly 3 weeks. Since you are best off setting eggs within 1 week of collecting it's not really an issue unless you want to sell fertile eggs or set multiple hatches. Otherwise you'd only need to mate your hens out for a few days every month to keep your incubator running constantly.

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