how long does mating/fertilization carryover? 2 examples

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ccshambhala, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1. I bought a hen that was with a rooster until I brought her home. She did not lay for a week (stress of transition). Will her first several eggs be fertile or not???

    2. I have several different types of chickens that free range together. If and when I do decide to breed any I want them to breed true - so will have to put them in a breeding pen. How long will I have to wait after isolating appropriate rooster/hen combo - to know that the eggs are fertilized by the rooster I want them to be fertilized by???
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    After last mating with a roo, figure 3 weeks. Same goes for riding of "old" roo. Figure it takes 3 weeks or so to disapear.
     
  3. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow that was fast lol!
    awesome thank you so much!!

    so for the one that hasn't laid in a week does it mean 3 more weeks of fertile eggs? or 3 weeks period laying or not?
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sperm can live up to about 3 weeks. Each roosters mileage may vary though.
     

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