Rooster Rotation/Egg fertility

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by metcalfmk, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. metcalfmk

    metcalfmk Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, here's my problem. I have one Black sex link rooster, and 16 hens, EEs and BSLs . Their backs look terrible, and I know it is from him. I am going to take him out of the coop. How often should i let him 'visit' the girls in order for them to produce fertilized eggs? I am thinking once a week would be ok. What do you think?
     
  2. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will probably get better answers from lots of other folks but I just took the roosters out of my pen and checked fertility in a few eggs a day Virtually every egg I broke open for nearly three weeks was fertile. At three weeks I had no fertile ones that I opened. Within 24 hours of putting the roosters back in I had fertile eggs again

    Hope that helps
     
  3. metcalfmk

    metcalfmk Out Of The Brooder

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    Great, thanks!!!
     
  4. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Once a rooster has mated with the hen, the eggs can stay fertile for up to 3 weeks, just like what greathorse said.
     

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