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How long will the hens lay fertile eggs after the roo mates with them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Maryallison, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Maryallison

    Maryallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering how long the hens will lay fertile eggs after the rooster breeds with her? Is it a daily thing? Or does his sperm stick around with the hens a few days?

    We were wanting to hatch another batch out, but 3 days ago we had to lock up poor Tyson. he used to free range with all his hens. Oh...he attacked my 3 year old daughter so to the rooster holding area he went (which by the way is very nice) [​IMG] Today I put 2 hens in with him and with another rooster in a holding area just in case the hens free ranging aren't fertile.

    Thanks in advance. I put eggs in the bator Sunday night! [​IMG]
     
  2. jonnyschicks

    jonnyschicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just wandering something about the same question.. how long after my roo Yankee mounted his girls would they start laying
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  3. farmerbrownsdaughter

    farmerbrownsdaughter Out Of The Brooder

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    The eggs will stay fertile for up to a week.
     
  4. Shannoniganshens

    Shannoniganshens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    10 days I believe to be fertile, could be wrong, but I swear I read that somewhere.
     
  5. leahthor

    leahthor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hen can be considered fertilized for up to 2 weeks. Although I have read here that alot of breeders will wait 3 weeks to be on the safe side.
     
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I'm saving eggs to incubate I figure a week, if I'm switching roos and want to make sure the new roo is the "daddy" I figure three weeks, or until three eggs in a row don't have a bullseye.
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2010
  7. Maryallison

    Maryallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everybody!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. xxSonja

    xxSonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hen can still lay fertile eggs upto 4 weeks after you remove the Roo. Fertility of eggs drops the longer they've been seperated, but it really can take that long.
    If im doing some selective breeding, i wait between 3 - 4 weeks for my hens to 'detox' before putting a new rooster to them.
     

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