How long until my eggs aren't fertile?

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  1. JordanNicole

    JordanNicole New Egg

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    Okay, so let me just start off by saying that I am soooo excited to be apart of the BYC. I bought my first flock of hens the last week of February & they were only a couple days old. I had so many questions, & little do y'all know, but you helped answer all of them! & i Wasn't even a member yet! So thankful for y'all. For real.

    But now I have a question that I can seem to find the answer to. So the last week of February me & my Boyfriend were walking through tractor supply & i Stopped to watch the chicks. I saw this little runt that was getting pushed around. Broke my heart. So what does any sane person do? Buy 6 chickens just to rescue the runt. [​IMG] So here I am trying to figure out everything I can about these animals (all the credit goes to you folks) & i Now have 5 very healthy and gorgeous chickens. (Lost one to a coon [​IMG] Very sad day) well, getting the chicks with no research I bought the bantams. Ended up with 5 roosters & 1 hen. About a month ago (end of June) I went to feed & water My chickens & i Noticed the roosters would not leave my hen alone. So I made the decision to separate them. Well luck have it, 4 days ago, July 10th, I got my very first egg!!! (Is it weird that she's laying so early? Everything. I've read says it takes like 18 weeks & she's only 16 weeks) but anyways, how long does it take for her to not lay fertile eggs anymore? I guess a better way of putting it, How long does it take (in a hens anatomy) to produce her first egg? Since I separated them about two weeks ago, do you think her eggs are fertile? Or there's no way they're fertile? Also, I am getting one EVERY day for the last 4 days. I thought they only lay one like every couple of days?

    I'm still new to this, & let Me tell you, around here I'm known as the crazy chicken lady. Almost shed a tear when I opened the box to clean it & found My Henny's first egg. I love my chickens & i Just want to make sure I'm taking the best care of them. Also, I'm taking the eggs out of the box & putting them straight in the fridge. Is that the right thing to do?

    As you can see I have a lot of questions. Any answers are greatly appreciated!! Thank you in advance!! :)
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I believe a hen's eggs will remain fertile for about 3 weeks or so, after consorting with a rooster. However, if you pick up the eggs daily, they will not develop any chick inside.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
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  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi and welcome to BYC! Thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    In my experience it takes 4 weeks for hens to become infertile after being mated by a cockerel. The 3 week mark was when mine started becoming infertile, but it's wasn't until 4 weeks that all of them were.
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Also, want to add, eggs do not spontaneously begin to develop. Until a fertile egg is incubated (kept at a constant 100* for several days), you can treat it just the same as an infertile egg. Mine sit on the counter until they are eaten.
     
  8. JordanNicole

    JordanNicole New Egg

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    Thanks for welcoming me everyone! Very excited to join BYC myself. & thanks so much for all the advice!! Couple more questions to your responses. 1. How can you tell if they're fertile or infertile? & 2. I've noticed that my hens eggs are getting smaller each day. Should I be worried??
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    #1. The way you can tell an egg is fertile or not is by looking at the blastoderm. In an infertile egg, it looks like a small white spot on the yolk. In an fertile egg, it looks like a white 'bullseye'. [​IMG]
    This is an example of a fertile egg. No, that bit of blood is not a sign of development. This egg was laid just minutes before I cracked it open. If it was developing, the blastoderm would be all red and veiny.

    #2. New layers are still working out all the kinks in their egg production system. That can take some time. After a few weeks, things should begin to become more regular and consistent.
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    These eggs were all laid by the same pullet within the past week. The two largest are probably double yolk eggs (very normal for new layers). The smallest is probably a 'wind' egg, not containing any yolk. The other is a 'normal' sized pullet egg.
     
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