How long does a hen stay fertilized?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Germangirlygirl, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Germangirlygirl

    Germangirlygirl In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    My favorite rooster died two weeks ago. I was very sad because I was hoping to mate him with two of my girls. Is their still a chance that they could lay his baby's? He did hop on them alot before he passed.
  2. kevs-chickadees

    kevs-chickadees Songster

    May 8, 2011
    Mesa AZ
    I think they stay fertile up to 10 days, just a guess but I thought I've heard that before. Sorry for your Roo.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Up to 15 or even 20 days, but this depends on soooooo much, it is hard to generalize.

    If you have some of the eggs from a week ago still in the fridge? Those are the ones I'd try to hatch, as you'd likely have the best result. Hope it works for you.
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    3 wks to 5 wks depending, but the good rule of thumb is 3 wks for sure. start collecting and hatch away.

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