How the rooster does the fertilizing,,,

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DebFred, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. DebFred

    DebFred In the Brooder

    Nov 26, 2012
    Okay, please do not throw stuff at me. The Fred part of DebFred asked me a question I wasn't sure how to answer.

    I know you don't have to have a rooster to get eggs, but if you want chicks, you need a rooster. Fred asked me how the Rooster and Hen makes chicks. I know the rooster will mount the hen. But is there penetration or does the chicky making stuff just get to where it needs to go?

    I am not trying to be funny. Leave it to DH to come up with this. I never will figure out this man I've been married to for over 27 years. It is a legit question, but I would have never thought of the question. To me, it's enough to know you need a rooster and a hen for chickys...



  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    This is from the rae part of donrae~

    My understanding is pretty basic. I don't believe roosters have a penis. They both have a cloaca (did I spell that right? It's late!), basically an opening. On the hen it's where the egg comes out. When the roo mounts the hen the cloacas have to touch, folks refer to it as the cloacal kiss sometimes. I'm guessing the semen is under some pressure? and gets transferred into the hen. I do know she can store it internally for up to 2 weeks and lay fertile eggs that long from one mating.

    Or you can tell him "When the rooster loves the hen SO much that love just makes a new baby in her" Give it a try and tell him you read it on the interwebz so it must be true!

    Then call him a pervert for thinking of chickens mating. [​IMG]

    I can't wait to see what other responses you get!
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    The cell that has the potential to become a baby (which is what we call the "egg" in human ladies) is in the egg yoke. As donrae explained the rooster does not have any sort of outward appendage. They both have openings called cloaca. The rooster basically has a sperm glob that gets inside the hen when they touch. The hen will lay eggs that are fertile (meaning that the sperm was present internally in the hen when the hen ovulated and the egg formed) for up to 2 weeks after being mated. So, one mating can result in multiple fertile eggs.

    Now, a fertile egg is just a potential chick, it is NOT an embryo. It will not start to develop into a chick until it reaches the right temp and humidity that result from a broody hen nesting on the eggs (or an incubator). So, a hen will ideally mate then lay eggs for several days/weeks until she has a clutch of fertile eggs, then brood and sit on those eggs. Once she sits the eggs will all start developing at the same time reguardless of when they were laid. 21 days later all of the chicks will hatch at the same time.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012
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  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    As for the stuff being under pressure. As weird as this sounds, the hen sort of sucks it in. The "shake" they do after the deed has been done helps to get it in their sperm saving area. Yes, hens have a place in there they can keep it stored up and viable for a few weeks. It's even been documented that if I hen chooses, she can squirt the stuff back out. A little may stay but most is ejected.
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  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    This the Fred part of Fred's Hens. [​IMG]

    Galanie got it right. [​IMG]

    The act is fairly quick. He mounts, He touches his organ to her vent. She tilts her vet upward to receive. He dismounts, she shakes. This all can happen in as little as 5 seconds.
    Would you care for a video? My randy cockerel outside will perform, practically on demand. [​IMG]
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  6. BusyBlonde

    BusyBlonde Songster

    Sep 18, 2011
    Bessemer City, NC
  7. DawnB

    DawnB Chirping

    Hilarious but never hurts to ask! Hahahaha! [​IMG]

  8. humphrey farms

    humphrey farms Chirping

    Jun 28, 2012
    Naples Maine
    Actually I thought it was a great thread! I am a newbie and my cockeral mounts and does his dance on two of my laying pullets every day and was wondering about this too. Well answered. Thanks![​IMG]
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Oh Fred, I can just imagine your you-tube account..........naughty, naughty!

  10. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    No, no you cannot. No naughtiness for this guy. Nah. Said in that short, Duck Commander style.

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