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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by PaulaS98, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. PaulaS98

    PaulaS98 New Egg

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    Hi, I just joined, though have had hens for 6 years. Never had a rooster until last year- I borrowed fertilized eggs , 4 hatched, one rooster. This year I kept him until one hen went broody, then gave him away about 4 weeks ago. Now another hen went broody and I wanted to know if any of the eggs could still be fertile. I may just also get a couple from my neighbor to keep her happy.
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us.

    I don't know the answer for sure to your question, but IMO 4 weeks without a rooster, doubt there will be any fertilized eggs around.
     
  3. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi and welcome to BYC! Thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Paula, you could let her set on a couple of her eggs and add some fertile ones. After a couple weeks, you could "candle" her own eggs and see if any signs of development. Their are charts on BYC that show what you would see inside the egg, at different days of gestation.

    I fairly certain that a hen can remain "bred" for 3 weeks after the rooster has gone. Maybe others can answer if it can be longer than that.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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