no roo for a month... fertile eggs? GREAT UPDATE-BABIES!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mmaddie's mom, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a hen who has gone broody sitting on about a dozen eggs. I lost my top roo about a month ago and only have immature roos with the flock. What are the chances that these eggs are still fertile? I'd love a few more babies from my lost roo!
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2010
  2. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    No mature rooster for a month?

    The eggs are almost certainly infertile. I'd say certainly but weird things happen in the universe...
     
  3. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks anyway. [​IMG]
     
  4. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Um that roo's seed could still be there. It's not unheard of. I wouldn't bet on them being infertile at all. Candle them!
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    1 month is unlikely, 3 weeks would have been more likely, 2 would have been mostly, 1 would have been certainly. Usually the sperm can survive 2-3 weeks, just decreasing fertility. More than three and that's what you usually do to prevent "cross contamination" if you're switching roosters.
     
  6. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That is my plan... couldn't hurt. But I didn't want to get my hopes up too much.
    I need an excuse to get a new powerful flashlight... someone mentioned one on BYC that was a name brand that could be found @ WalMart... a bit pricey for a flashlight, but I NEED it for candling, right? Does anyone remember the name of this wonderful tool?
     
  7. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I won't get my hopes up, but will try candling. Thanks.
     
  8. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    mmaddie's mom :

    Quote:That is my plan... couldn't hurt. But I didn't want to get my hopes up too much.
    I need an excuse to get a new powerful flashlight... someone mentioned one on BYC that was a name brand that could be found @ WalMart... a bit pricey for a flashlight, but I NEED it for candling, right? Does anyone remember the name of this wonderful tool?

    I use a Mini MagLite with an LED bulb..around $15 at Lowe's. Get the one with the rubber end to fit over the lens. It's PERFECT for candling eggs!​
     
  9. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, Cindiloohoo !
     
  10. mothersin2ition

    mothersin2ition Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the flashlight youre thinking of was the Coleman something or other lol. It had the highest lumens that I found when I looked at them the other day.
     

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