Length of Fertility

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chick_in_Indiana, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Chick_in_Indiana

    Chick_in_Indiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2007
    NE Indiana
    Once a rooster has mated w/ a hen how long does her eggs stay fertile once he has been removed?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    General wisdom is at least 2-3 wks - if you want to separate a hen and put her with another rooster then you should wait at least 3 weeks before you start to incubate the eggs to make sure any old sperm from the other rooster has completely worked out of the system. Some people wait a full month just to be doubly sure.

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