How long is it before a Hen has another Roosters chicks ????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bantiehen, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. bantiehen

    bantiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope I got this in the right area? I have a red brown partridge hen. She hasn't been with one rooster for a month now. And I have her with my Silkie rooster for almost a week now. How long will it before the eggs are the rooster silkies chicks?
     
  2. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the eggs should be fertile now.
     
  3. bantiehen

    bantiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that would be awesome cause he's a porcelain and she's red brown partridge silkie [​IMG] thank you [​IMG]
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Really quickly. It takes aboout 25 hours for an egg to go through a hen's internal laying factory. It can only be fertilized for the first 15 minutes of that journey. After those 15 minutes, it is too late.

    If they mate on a Monday, Monday's egg will not be fertile. It's 15 minutes were on Sunday before they met. Tuesday's egg might be fertile, depending on when the mating occurred and when it started it's journey. But often, that egg would not be fertile. A lot of hens lay eggs early in the morning which means the rooster will probably be too late. Wednesday's egg would almost certainly be fertile.

    Note that this is after mating, not just an introduction. If it is only one hen and one rooster, the mating is usually pretty quickly after they meet, but if he has a flock, it could be a few days before he spreads his talents to all of them.

    After a mating a hen can lay fertile eggs for a while. It can be for as few as 9 days after a mating, but most people count on two weeks. She can lay fertile eggs for three weeks or more, but two weeks is more dependable. If it has been a month since she was with anothe rooster, the Silkie wil be the father of any chicks that hatch.
     
  5. bantiehen

    bantiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope just the three of them so far [​IMG] I do have a white silkie pullet that will be going with him when she's bigger. Plan on making a nice big warm coop for them in the spring time [​IMG]
     
  6. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is really useful. Thank you for the thorough explanation!!
     
  7. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is really useful. Thank you for the thorough explanation!!

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    I agree thank you
    Ayda
     

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