When is the egg fertilized?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kelly52862, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. kelly52862

    kelly52862 Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  2. youngbiddy

    youngbiddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  3. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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  4. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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