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How long are eggs fertile from certain rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by horsechick, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Songster

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    If you have your hens w/ one rooster, how long will they be fertile by that rooster if you take him away to put a new roo in with them?
    How long does the roos breeding with them last?

    Ex: He breeds them today, eggs are fertile for how many days?
    one? two? ten? 30?

    Thanks for any help,
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I don't know the answer to that, but hopefully someone does. Are you trying to breed with a certain roo?
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    My flock rooster died and the eggs were fertile over two weeks. Sometime about the beginning of week three, they were no longer fertile. It's recommended to wait about 30 days, to be absolutely sure, though.
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing 11 Years

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    The hens will be fertile by the previous rooster for 2-3 weeks. After the 2 week mark the fertility starts dropping if no new rooster is added. At 3 weeks the eggs should either be infertile or fertile by the new Roo.

    I think the chance of a fertile egg by the old Roo at 3 weeks is less then 5%.

    I always wait 4 weeks to make sure the chicks will be by the Rooster I intended.

  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    That is also what my research tells me, 2-3 weeks and then they are no longer fertile.
  6. horsechick

    horsechick Songster

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    OK, thanks for the info.
    A man had told me he breeds every 3 days by A.I. (silkies)
    So it made me wonder how long it was good for.
    We have a pen of whites together now but I am getting a new white roo at the ohio nationals, and will be switching my roos out. Just wondered how long it might take for the new guy to start working. ;}
    Thanks for the help,

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