Roo fertility

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicksngoats, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. chicksngoats

    chicksngoats Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2009
    Haha...another silly question.

    If you have more than one rooster running with the ladies, I'm assuming they can both mate with the ladies....would a hen then have sperm from both roosters? Or will a hen not mate after she's mated with one of them? And since they are fertile for a couple of weeks after mating, would you have a different "father" for every egg laid during those couple of weeks?

    When I get to the point of hatching some of the eggs, I'm just wondering what I'm going to get [​IMG] I'm sure I'll have to be a bit more deliberate and put them in seperate pen...but just for curiousity.

  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Quote:The hen would have the sperm from both roosters.
    A hen will mate with any cockerel- well most of the time she doesn't get a choice [​IMG]
    Im not sure about that, you will probably have different fathers to different eggs.

    eggsrcool [​IMG]

    edited because my keyboard is playing up [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2009

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