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when do chickens lay eggs that are fertile?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickeneer45, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. chickeneer45

    chickeneer45 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2012
    i know this sounds stupid but i know absolutely nothing about egglaying. my local store told me that they only sell chickens in spring because that is when they are born. does that mean that chickens only lay fertile eggs in the spring? can they have babies in the fall winter or summer, and most importantly: is it likely?
    thanks so much,
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    They dont lay fertilized eggs . You need a rooster to mate.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    If a hen is healthy, if a rooster is doing his job in mating her, a hen virtually lays fertile eggs all the time.

    Many stores only sell chicks in spring. This has no bearing at all.
  4. chickeneer45

    chickeneer45 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2012
    thanks a lot. yes, i do have a rooster.
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I've had hens go broody and hatch out eggs in the middle of winter. Feed stores seem to prefer selling chicks in Spring only. I suppose it is easier to raise chicks during the warmer months.

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