rooster mates with hen. fertilized when?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by equinelyn, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chirping

    Jun 4, 2011
    Southern York County
    After a rooster mates with a hen, will the egg she lays the next day be fertilized?
    When you have one roo and many hens how do you know what eggs to collect if you want to incubate them?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    No. The egg is fertilized in the ovary then finishes forming as it passes down to be laid. I believe it is about 3 days. As for which eggs: you take your chances!

    You can tell whether an egg is fertile after you crack it: (from the sticky in the Incubating and Hatching forum.) Of course you can also incubate it and see if it develops. There's no way to tell after it is laid without cracking or incubating it.

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