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

Maryallison

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Jul 18, 2008
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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)
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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!
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Kittymomma

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Sep 9, 2009
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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.
 
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xxSonja

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Dec 2, 2009
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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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