rooster/egg question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lespaul0738, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Lespaul0738

    Lespaul0738 In the Brooder

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    how ld does my new hamshire red rooster need to be before he can fertalize the eggs?
     

  2. Lespaul0738

    Lespaul0738 In the Brooder

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    old not ld
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

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    Usually 16-18 weeks but I've heard of many that were doing the job before that. If he's mating with the hens just crack a few eggs to check for fertility too make sure the job is being done properly before you allow a hen to set or fire up the bator.

    ETA: [​IMG]

    And here's a thread with good pics. of fertile and unfertile eggs in case you're not sure how to tell.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008&p=1
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2010
  4. Lespaul0738

    Lespaul0738 In the Brooder

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    ohhhh, thanks
     

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