when the rooster have sex with a hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by leethechickensguy, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. leethechickensguy

    leethechickensguy Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 27, 2010
    when the rooster have sex with a hen how many days do it take to lay a egg to be fertie egg?
  2. DianeS

    DianeS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2010
    I have been told that it takes approximately three days from the first mating for the eggs to be fertile. And that a single mating can produce fertile eggs for up to 2-4 weeks.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:That's a pretty good estimate to go by.

    Figuring about an egg a day, the first day egg would be far enough along the line have albumen or shell forming, the second day egg in line would have already fallen from the ovary and would likly not be receptive to sperm, so it would be that 3rd day egg with the first chance of getting fertilized.

    Hens can store sperm for 2-4 weeks, as you can figure you'll be getting fertile eggs from a hen exposed to a rooster for about 3 weeks or so.

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