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 Songster

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    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 Crowing

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    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 9 Years

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    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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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    What they said.
     

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