My Hen laid her first egg today will it be fertilized? We got rid of

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beckychick, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. beckychick

    beckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    our rooster Friday morning. We're just wondering?
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    It's possible. I've heard folks on here say that they have had first eggs be fertile, but I've never seen this in my experience, even when I've seen the cockerel breeding them long before they began to lay.

    Check this thread for pics of fertile versus infertile eggs:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008

    It's never a good idea to hatch pullet eggs; however, if you wanted chicks, I'd check this first egg and then begin collecting, because pullets/hens can store semen for up to 3 weeks after being bred once.
     
  3. cockadoodle

    cockadoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't say, but Definitely possible. If your rooster was old enough to do his thing when you got rid of him, chances are pretty good that they could be fertile for a while. Hens can lay fertile eggs for several weeks afterwards. Assuming these eggs are for eating, there are some good pics on google that will tell you what to look for when you crack them open. Takes a really good eye to see it sometimes.

    Mark
     
  4. beckychick

    beckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks, we kept the rooster as long as we could but couldn't stand him any longer and here she goes and lays an egg!! She laid it on the window sill so it's already cracked.
     
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    beckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    forgot to add, we were hoping for some baby chicks.
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    If it's already cracked, it'll be easy to find the fertilized blasto, if it IS, in fact, fertilized. You may have to gently turn the yolk over a few times to find it, but once you see it, it's very obvious!
     

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