how long does fertility last

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pokey, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

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    If you remove a hen from a rooster how long is she fertile after?
     
  2. EricH

    EricH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    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.
     
  4. madmantrapper

    madmantrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've always heard 8 to 10 days. Not trying to dispute the previous post, just stating what I heard.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Real life experience indicates that this is not so.
     
  6. debducttape

    debducttape Out Of The Brooder

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    I have always heard that it is still possible up to a month afterward.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Generally 2 to 3 weeks. I break open some eggs periodically to check.
     
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2011
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    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.
     

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