rooster was killed last night how long will my hens eggs stay fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by leeboyz337, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. leeboyz337

    leeboyz337 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2011
    i had a beautiful jersey giant rooster until last night when he was attacked and killed. he was free range with a few jersey giant hens and 2 rhode island hens. he was always doing his job with the girls and he was a mellow rooster. but what i want to know is id like to incubate some eggs to get another rooster. how long will the eggs the girls are laying stay fertile after his passing?

  2. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    2 weeks ish but i would incubate as soon as possible
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2011
  3. FrenchToast

    FrenchToast "Draft Apple Ridge" a Bit from Heaven

    Jan 10, 2010
    UP North WI
    I have heard anywhere from 2-3 days upwards to 2 weeks +.
    How are you planning on incubating ? Incubator or broody hen?

    I would collect eggs for 3-4 days. Put them in incubator. Collect for another 3-4 day etc. Collect for as long as you want. Once you have candled you will know how long they were fertile. Rembering that each hen may be different.

    That way you will have seperate batches that you will know when you put them in. You will have staggered hatches but what you don't want to do is keep the first freshest eggs out of the bator for to long which will decrease their chance of hatching.

    After 5 days you can candle the first ones you put in to see if they are fertile and continue checking the others at 5 days.

    Good Luck and I'm sorry to hear about your rooster !! [​IMG]
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    2 months!!!??? Way off sorry..up to 3 weeks...after two weeks fertility starts to decrease dramatically if not gone..Im sorry about your roo:(
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Definitely two weeks, possibly three, but wouldn't count on more than two to two and a half weeks.
  6. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Quote:sorry miss type I meant two weeks [​IMG]
  7. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    sitting on the toilet
    about 2 weeks
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:sorry miss type I meant two weeks [​IMG]

    I was going to say you better stop eatting the chicken crack! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. CorgiHouse

    CorgiHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2010
    Boring, OR
    Quote:I'm sorry to hear about losing your nice roo. [​IMG]

    But to answer your question, the hens should continue to lay fertile eggs for about 2 weeks, maybe a little longer. I recently collected eggs laid from some new hens I purchased that had been with a roo until the day before I brought them home. The last one I collected was 10 or 11 days after the hens had been removed from the rooster, and it hatched (as well as all but 1 of the others)!! Certainly you have better odds of having more fertile eggs the sooner you do it, as it depends on how recently he had bred the individual hen, and then how long after you collect the eggs. Also, if you collect the first ones and then don't start incubating them for for 10-14 days, you will start losing viability of those too. So my suggestion would be to collect eggs for about 5-6 days max and then incubate them if you want the best chance of fertile, hatchable eggs. Good luck!!
  10. instar8

    instar8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2011
    Sorry about your boy! ;~(

    Personal experience, the last year i set eggs under a broody, i waited almost three weeks after i caged all the roosters but the blue Ameraucana that i wanted for a daddy, and all the eggs i set were green.

    When the chicks grew out, I had a roo that was half buff Orp, one that was half blue Orp, and a black Am hen that lays brown eggs...

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