May sound dumb... but

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenltle, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. chickenltle

    chickenltle New Egg

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    Does a hen have to be fertilized for each egg for that egg to be viable? Or does one breeding take care of several eggs being fertile?
     
  2. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    I'm sure a rooster would say he needs to fertilize each egg [​IMG]
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    After a successful fertilization, every egg that hen lays up to about two weeks should be fertile. Sometimes, longer that that, but mostly around two weeks.
     
  4. Arklady

    Arklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a rooster only has to mate with the hen once to fertilize several eggs in a batch.

    They can sometimes be fertilized from 3 to 4 weeks just from one mating..

    Arklady
     
  5. homecatmom

    homecatmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    good to know. Since I can't have a rooster, I can take one of the girls out on a "date" and should be able to collect fertile eggs for a couple of weeks. I hope it doesn't make her feel like a little tramp...[​IMG]
     
  6. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    Quote:If you know someone with a rooster, I would just exchange eggs with them if they are willing, that way no quaranteen issues would enter into the equation
     
  7. chickenltle

    chickenltle New Egg

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    Thank you all so very much. We had tried the "date" and our RIR tried to tear our friends BA apart. So we went and got her a Roo of her own.
     
  8. GreggsEggs

    GreggsEggs Cooped Up

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    homecatmom Wrote:
    I can take one of the girls out on a "date" and should be able to collect fertile eggs for a couple of weeks. I hope it doesn't make her feel like a little tramp...hmm

    Now, dats is funny right there! I don't care who y-are, dats funny rite there!​
     
  9. GreggsEggs

    GreggsEggs Cooped Up

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    Now on a serious side......

    Will hatching the first few eggs layed by a fertile hen increase the % of pullets. Like when breeding dogs the first time a male and female are stuck is when you get the better chance of female pups?
     

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