Separating hens and roosters - WNY

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cassie0980, May 11, 2009.

  1. cassie0980

    cassie0980 Out Of The Brooder

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    How long after hens are separated from a rooster will they lay fertile eggs? Should we wait a week, or is that too long?
     
  2. rigagirl

    rigagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats hard to say. you don't want fertile eggs? or maybe i should ask why don't you want fertile eggs?
     
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  3. cassie0980

    cassie0980 Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, I want the fertile eggs! My friend just bought some laying americauna hens from another person that had an americauna rooster. They want the infertile eggs, I want the fertile ones to put in the incubator. We were wondering how long before they are laying infertile eggs. I know little to nothing about breeding chickens.
     
  4. rigagirl

    rigagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am not sure , but the only way to know if they are or aren't is by cracking them open...then they are no good for incubation just for eating. if they don't want fertile because they think they can't eat them tell them they aren't fertile..they don't taste any different than fertile ones.
     
  5. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Eggs layed for up to two weeks after they were with a cockeral will be fertile. 2-3 weeks is iffy but still very possible. You shouldn't have any fertile left after the 3rd week. So I've been told, anyway [​IMG]
    HTH.
     
  6. rigagirl

    rigagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cassie where in wny are you? i am near Rochester.
     
  7. cassie0980

    cassie0980 Out Of The Brooder

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    That's so funny! [​IMG] We live just west of Batavia.
     
  8. rigagirl

    rigagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so why does your friend want eggs that are not fertile?
    I am very close to bergen.
     
  9. cassie0980

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    My friend doesn't care about the fertile eggs, she just wants the hens and eggs for food. We decided though, if the hen is still laying fertile eggs, we may as well try to hatch them. Then we'll keep what we want and sell the rest.
     
  10. mangus580

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    If you care... I am on the East side of Rochester :)
     

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