Question about rooster sperm and mating with hens.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by elizabet253, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. elizabet253

    elizabet253 Chirping

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    I've read different articles saying rooster sperm can last in a hen between 1-3 weeks. My question is, if rooster 1 mates with a hen, then that hen is left with rooster 2, how long does it take rooster's 2 sperm to fertilize her eggs?
     
  2. Torch404

    Torch404 Songster

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    Not certain but I think the answer is both roos depending on which sperm makes it to the egg.
     
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing 5 Years

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    2 days. Tomorrow's egg will already be encased by the shell so fertilization by #2 can't happen until the start of this next egg. That egg could be fertilized by either.
     
  4. elizabet253

    elizabet253 Chirping

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    So it won't take two or three weeks for #2 sperm to take into affect?
     
  5. ShockValue

    ShockValue Songster

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    It will take 2 or 3 weeks for you to be sure it was sperm from roo #2. Up until that point it would be a crap shoot.
     

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