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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pokey, Jul 4, 2011.
If you remove a hen from a rooster how long is she fertile after?
ive always wondered the same... or, when switching Roo's or segregating a pair of birds, how long does it take to ensure the new rooster is the fertilizer?
Good fertility remains up till 2 weeks after removal of the rooster. Some fertility may last up until 4 weeks after his removal, but it is generally felt that 3 weeks after removal is the "cut off" period.
I've always heard 8 to 10 days. Not trying to dispute the previous post, just stating what I heard.
Real life experience indicates that this is not so.
I have always heard that it is still possible up to a month afterward.
Generally 2 to 3 weeks. I break open some eggs periodically to check.
I know dad had hens removed from roosters for 3 weeks, and i still hatched their eggs...so know 3 weeks, but b4 adding another rooster he alway waited a month.