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Really stupid question about egg fertilization

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Danigirl3, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Danigirl3

    Danigirl3 Songster

    May 13, 2009
    Central Maine
    Does the rooster have to mate with the hen more than once to get a nest full of fertilized eggs? Meaning could you use a stud rooster like a stud dog? They mate and you hope your good to go? I'm probably answering my own question here. It's late, I'm tired and now that I have put it in print it sounds really, really stupid. By the way I am not looking for a stud rooster as I have one who seems to love his job but the question just came to mind and out of curiosity would they have to mate everyday for a fertilized egg everyday?

  2. SallyF

    SallyF Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    It's not a stupid question; I don't know either. Hope someone does![​IMG]
  3. monita

    monita Songster

    Oct 6, 2009
    Shelbyville, Tennessee
    no they do not have to mate every day to get a fertilized egg every day. i don't know exactly how long the hen stays fertile but i have read on here some where that they stay fertile anywhere from 10 days to 2 weeks. and there is no such thing as a stupid question.
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Well... I know that if you lose your rooster for some reason, the eggs are fertile for between 10 days and four weeks afterward. So theoretically, you could get a clutch of fertile eggs from a single mating. But I would think that if you wanted high fertility rates, you'd probably want to let the rooster keep mating throughout the laying phase.

    Now, I suppose you could "stud" a rooster (and he's have to be a real stud, too, for anyone to want to do this) out by loaning him to someone with a broody hen for a week or two. That person could let him do his business with the girls, and then put their eggs under the broody. They would have to not have their own rooster for that to work, though, and you might run into problems with introducing the new bird (the rooster), though you might not have a problem since roosterless hens are likely to really want a rooster around.

    Interesting question...
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    When a rooster mates a hen, she can store that sperm for 2-4 weeks. HTH
  6. Danigirl3

    Danigirl3 Songster

    May 13, 2009
    Central Maine
    Thanks for the replies. Very interesting. Gives a whole new meaning to Fertile Myrtle. They are not the answers I was expecting so not so stupid I guess. Glad I asked! [​IMG]
  7. LittleMamaBigPapa

    LittleMamaBigPapa Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Bellevue, Nebraska
    I'm with Monita, no stupid questions, only unasked ones.

    I am not sure, but search the index for fertilization periods

  8. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    Here is the place to add a classic farm story:

    A new chicken owner called his local Extension Office and asks:
    "How long does my rooster have to be with my hens to have fertile eggs?"
    The Extension Agent, intending to look the answer up in his books, says "just a minute."
    The caller says "Thank you" and hangs up.

  9. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Songster

    Dec 31, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Instead of getting a stud rooster, it's MUCH easier to wait for your...virgin hen...to go broody, then just put fertilized eggs under her. That way you can hatch any breed you like!

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