Question about egg fertilization

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MilkMaid, May 21, 2011.

  1. MilkMaid

    MilkMaid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that I want bred to a certain rooster. She was out with a different rooster for many months. Now I have her penned up with the rooster I want her bred with. Question is what are the chances that the eggs I collect now are fertilized by the current rooster she is mating with? will there be a higher percentage of eggs fertilized by him or will there be a higher percentage of eggs fertilized by the previous rooster? Does anyone know how that works? I know one should wait three weeks to be sure of parentage with the rooster she is penned with but just wondering what my chances are with the egg parentage. Thanks for any info!
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    There is no way of knowing for certain. I'd just wait the three weeks.

    Good luck.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quote:X 2 After two weeks the chances of fertilization by the desired rooster starts to increase. By three weeks it is a very high %, and by 4 weeks it is guaranteed.
     
  4. tripletmumm

    tripletmumm Out Of The Brooder

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    I read somewhere that after a hen mates with a roo, she stays fertile for 5 days. So I would wait at least a week of putting her with the new roo, and then start gathering the eggs for hatching.
     

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