I was telling my dad all about my chickens when he raised a great question: since a hen can retain semen in her body for a week, if the hen and roo mate once how many eggs can be fertilized? How are the eggs fertilized at hatcheries? I saw on 'dirty jobs' that semen is collected from turkeys and i think it was at a hatchery. Surely they don't artificially inseminate chickens? And since the hen CAN hold semen for a week i'm guessing there could be different daddy roos in one hen's clutch if she mated with more than one roo? My father asked if an egg gets fertilized after it is laid (lol) and then almost made me cry laughing so hard when he asked if there is a type of feed given that fertilizes the eggs! My response was that if there was then no one would deal with roos anymore and someone would be very rich!