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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Farmer Benjii, Dec 10, 2009.
When a rooster fertilizez a chicken, how long will the eggs be fertilised for?
I have no idea, but I'd love to know too. I think I read somewhere that a hen should be "serviced" by a rooster at least once a week to ensure fertility. But again, I'm not certain.
you'll get a lot of 2 week answers, and then you'll see people say they were still getting fertile eggs 4 weeks after the roo was gone...
and if you've had a mixed flock and you want to purify for breeding they say to wait a month....
I was told three repeatedly. But i've also heard 2-4 weeks. i'd really like to know as i've 15 eggs that were laid two weeks after their last sight of a rooster.
((( i collected the eggs I'm incubating at 2 - 2.5weks post rooster . so if it is less than three weeks, i might be wasting a lot of time)))))
Quote:go ~1/3 way down in the "egg production" section . see #13 & 14. http://www.poultryhelp.com/link-faq.html
I've been asking the same question for three weeks now (since day one of being the owner of a chicken). i guess everyone saying between two and four weeks is about all that can be said. --------------- If you were wanting another answer than, "it depends," so was I. --------------------------------- oh well. i doubt i find a different, more concrete answer...
I would guess it depends on the roo and the temp/structure of the hen.
Sperm are only motile at a particular range, some are less motile then normal (roo's fault).
I would suggest in winter/fall there is a higher likelihood of 'keeping' sperm unless chickens(hens in this case) over compensate in core body temperature when it gets cold.
I would also have to look to find out where there sperm might be stored in a hen (how close to outside/cooler temps) and if bantam/standard/rumpless matters to where organs ar or how the vent/storage area is 'heated'
Well now you have a definite I dont know.
BTW for castrated rats (that would be male) the time before they can be introduced to intact femles (having nothing to do with the injury and everything to do with fertility) is 2-4 weeks also. Go figure.