When will eggs be fertile??

maureen9962

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If I put a roo in the henhouse and he goes right to work when will the eggs be fertile? Anyone have an idea?
 

Gallusfarm

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It could happen in the first few days, but to be sure, probably wait a week to 10 days. If she has been with other roosters, then you should wait 4 weeks. The sperm is stored by the female and released over several days.
This is from what I've read....
 

PandoraTaylor

RT Poultry n Things
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Jun 29, 2009
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It depends largely on how many hens your Rooster is servicing.....
and how many he gets to per day.
I have 1 Rooster to 33 hens.
The eggs gathered & hatched thus far say; they have a fertility rate of 92.59% of the eggs collected on any given day.

Some may be fertile the morning after he is placed in the henhouse; but to be sure I would watch the eggs I was cooking for the bull's eye! I check all my eggs before I cook with them. When I crack them I note whether or not there was a bullseye. Not that I tell anyone else if I seen it! lol
 

tnchickenut

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You are supposed to wait 2 weeks before expecting them to be fertile eggs.
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You can also crack one open every day and wait for the bullseye
 

Bravo

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Aug 24, 2009
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I've often wondered this same question but in regards to AI. How long after you AI will the eggs be fertile? Also, does AI need to be repeated on a regular basis or just once?

I want to do some selective breeding on my hens but in the name of biosecurity (and Zoning lol) I dont want to introduce a rooster.
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