May sound dumb... but

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

  1. chickenltle

    chickenltle Hatching

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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 Songster

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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 Songster

    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 Hatching

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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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