When is the egg fertilized?

kelly52862

Songster
8 Years
Mar 8, 2011
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Kentucky
How long before the hen lays the egg is it fertilized? I am a first timer with an incubator but have had hens for years. I purchased a silver lace a couple weeks ago and added a few of her eggs to my mix. I was unsure if she was with a rooster prior to bringing her home.

Thanks.
 

youngbiddy

Songster
10 Years
Aug 2, 2009
681
7
131
North Carolina
Well, you'll be able to candle and see for sure in about 5 days.

My information is that hens can store the rooster's contribution for about 3 weeks and produce fertile eggs during that time.
 

jenlynn4

Songster
13 Years
Jan 12, 2007
2,261
6
211
PA
I believe the hen can stay fertile for up to 2 weeks after she has been removed from the roo...(I think that is what I read on here one time or another)
 

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