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Rooster sperm can be viable for 3 months, but can hens select which eggs are fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Whittni, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    Can hens choose or is fertilization not a choice?
     
  2. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think i read somewhere that hens can actually accept or reject a roosters sperm
     
  3. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    I read something like it too, but can't find the right wording to find the article
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    If a hen has been successfully bred, all of her eggs will be fertile.
     

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