Rooster

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by M1choacan, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. M1choacan

    M1choacan New Egg

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    I bought a hen for my rooster they mated for 3 days and the rooster disappeared will the hen still lay his eggs and how long till she starts laying eggs could someone help me out.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] What do you mean, the rooster disappeared? I'm sorry to hear you lost him. Sorry, I have a questions for you, before we can help…

    How old is your hen? Was she actively laying before and when did she stop?

    Layers store sperm for 3+ weeks after a successful mating, so if she's laying, or starts laying soon, the eggs should be fertile for ± 3-4 weeks. Are you planning to hatch them and have you got an incubator?
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC.

    CT
     
  4. M1choacan

    M1choacan New Egg

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    The hen is like 9 months what do u recommend me should I let the hen sit on the eggs when she lays them or get a incubator?
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    She won't sit on the eggs unless she is broody and that is hormonal, can happen any moment, or never and absolutely everything in-between. Different hens and breeds are all different and it's impossible to predict broodiness, unless you have a Silkie. If life gives those birds lemons, they'll try to hatch them. Sometimes when you leave the eggs in the nest, a hen will go broody and hatch them, but the odds are pretty low. I've had only had some success with that over the years. If you really want to hatch the eggs, I'd suggest you get an incubator, but first she needs to start laying again. When last did she lay an egg?
     
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. What breed is your hen?
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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