How long before eggs are fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Picco, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently lost my flock rooster to a fox or some other predator. I will be adding a new one to the flock this weekend. How long will it be before the eggs are fertile?
     
  2. old mill poultry

    old mill poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is around 6 weeks.
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Depends on when you lost the other rooster. I usually wait 3 or 4 weeks to make sure the new roo is doing his job and can call the eggs his .
     
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    How long has it been since you lost your other roo? They could still be fertile from him. They may never be infertile, you just might not know who the daddy is.
     
  5. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure how long ago I lost him. I was away on a long trip and he was gone when I came back. My father who was taking care of my birds didn't realize he was gone but said he remembers him being around a week or so ago. I have located a replacement and will put him with the girls Saturday. I only have four hens of his breed in my flock so I will put them in confinement with the new roo. Their eggs may still be fertile, but if it has been too long, how long do you think it will be before I get fertile eggs. If they mate as soon as he arrives will the eggs be fertile right away?
     
  6. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    until the new one gets used to the group. just depends.
     
  7. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    I had a hen who had been without a rooster for a month. I put her with a rooster and startyed checking her eggs daily. I think they showed up fertile on the third day.
     
  8. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!!!
     
  9. MammaHen

    MammaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Am I an egghead (ha ha) or wot? JenJScott how on earth do you tell a fertile from an infertile egg without going through the incubator/candeling process first? Is there some fabulous trick I missed out on?
     
  10. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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