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How long does a rooster have to be with a hen for fertile eggs??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by aShMaNv, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. aShMaNv

    aShMaNv Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Choctaw, OK
    I have two roosters with my flock. I am ready to hatch eggs this spring. I was wanting to use a certain rooster so i penned one up. I did this yesterday morning. How long do i have to wait before i can be sure the eggs i am getting are fertile by the rooster that is with the hens now??
  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I would wait a few days.Crack one and check for the white spot in the yoke. My roo has been with the ladies for almost a year now,and not every egg I use is fertile.They get down to business quickly once they make clear their position in the flock,lol.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hens readily retain sperm for two weeks. After two weeks a rooster's 'influence' diminishes but some fertility MAY remain up to 4 weeks. If you wait 2 weeks after the removal of the undesired rooster, MOST eggs will probably have been fertilized by the present flock rooster.
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  4. lambchicks

    lambchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2009
    North Carolina
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    What they said.

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