Length of Fertility

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

  1. Chick_in_Indiana

    Chick_in_Indiana Songster

    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 Songster

    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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