!please help rooster qwestion!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15

    WESTPALMPOULTRYMAN15 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi if i intriduce a rooster to my 4 hens how long will it take him to breed?and also how long will it take before the hens eggs become fertile? thx [​IMG]
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How old is the cockeral in question?

    There is no 'age' that indicates a rooster is fertile. Not all roosters are fertile, you know, same as with people. You just have to hope for the best until they prove themselves.

    Put him in with your hens. In about a week or 2 crack a few eggs and look for the bullseye ring on the yolk indicating eggs are being fertilzed. A small white spot (germinal disc) on the yolk can be seen even in infertile eggs. The tale tell sign is one with another ring around it, indictaing fertility and very early stages of a possible embryo.

    Then you can further test by incubating a few and seeing how they develop.

    edited to add - a sexually active rooster does not mean he is fertile and able to fertilize the eggs. Some hens with very much fluff around their vent need to be trimmed up so contact can be made.
     
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  3. gobbles!

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    I have a follow-up question: For how long will a hen lay fertile eggs without needing to mate with a rooster again?
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Some say as long as 2 to 3 weeks. It could be longer or shorter in individual cases.
     

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