How soon will eggs be fertile??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Zed3, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. Zed3

    Zed3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 barred rocks that have been laying for 4 weeks. Their eggs are small to medium. They have been with my buff o rooster since they were chicks. So when will their eggs be hatchable (is that a word). My nefew has a broodie silke that would love to hatch anything.

    Thanks for the help

    Zed
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If he's mature and mates them, they are probably fertile now.

    Sometimes chicks have a problem developing and hatching from smaller eggs, so if you are going to try it, I'd suggest choosing the largest eggs.
     
  3. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, I agree.
     
  4. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I put a rooster to my Hens I was told 7-14 days and the eggs would be fertile. So I would think if your roo boy has been doing the roo boy stuff you should be ok. I would be of the same mind as ddawn - Pick the biggest eggs and I wouldn;t put more than 6 under the silkie. You have nothing to lose in trying!!!!!!!

    Oesdog
     
  5. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your roo is mating with your hens the second egg after the mate will be fertile. Good luck
     

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