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what are eggs fertile and other questions.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by augiedranch, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. augiedranch

    augiedranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my roos are four months old. they are doing their thing like crazy.. are they actually doing anything....


    also, if i breed a hen on monday.. on tuesday, the egg she lays, will it be by the roo that bred her on monday?


    thanks
     
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  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there' a post somewhere on what a fertilized egg looks like. And as far at is being fertilized, it takes about three weeks to go through the system.
     
  3. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A four-month-old cockerel may be fertile and probably is, although there can be lag time of a couple of weeks from the time he starts mating the hens. Once a roo has mated the hens, the sperm will be stored in their system for up to three weeks, usually more like two or two and a half.

    Edited to add: Maximum fertility is within the first 4 days of mating.
     
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  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    "Humping the girls like crazy"... now there is some interesting descriptive.
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Really the only way to tell if your eggs are fertile is to crack one open and look for a bastoid disk.
     
  6. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quote:Sounds like some far away black hole, on an episode of Stargate.
     
  7. augiedranch

    augiedranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for all of your help! wow three weeks. .. so when i want just buff orpington babies, i need to keep them seperated for three weeks penned up? all of mine are free range, but i also have golden polishes, barred rocks, jersey giants, and rirs.


    thank for the help. and sorry for the description. i will change the wording if i need to. let me know if i need to reword it.
     

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