When will eggs be fertile

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Country Parson, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2010
    Bellefontaine, OH
    Help me with the following scenario & question:

    What if...I have a group of hens that are already laying (but have not been w/ a rooster).

    And then what if...I added a rooster with them today.

    How long would it be before the eggs they produce are fertile? A few days? A few weeks?
  2. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    I think it would just depend on how quickly they begin mating. The rooster may mate them right away or if he isn't very aggressive, I'd imagine he'd feel things out first. I don't think there is an absolute answer to your question. However, I am new at this, so maybe a more experienced forum member will have a better answer.
  3. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    After the first mount, within 3 days some % of the eggs are going to be fertile.
  4. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    Quote:Wow! Only 3 day, huh? That's neat. [​IMG]
  5. peacockfarmer1

    peacockfarmer1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    north MS
    i did the same thing years ago 20 hens and i added a rooster that was not very aggresive at mating i collected eggs to hatch in two weeks and they were about 95% fertile
  6. Count Orloff

    Count Orloff Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 26, 2010
    Delaware, OH
    Quote:Wow! Only 3 day, huh? That's neat. [​IMG]

    I figure he would at least buy them a dinner or two first! [​IMG]
  7. shellyga

    shellyga Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 23, 2010
    Count Orloff.... [​IMG]

    My rooster was waiting by the crate when we brought new hens home.. DH said he was the one chicken welcoming committee!! [​IMG]

  8. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    They will be fertile in 3-4 days. If you are wanting to use a bator I would wait a week or so to insure that he will "get around" to all of your hens. This will increase your hatch rate.

  9. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    Lady calls up the county extension agent and asks the same question you just asked.
    County agent plans to look up the info and says to lady "Just a minute..."
    Lady says " Thank you" and hangs up.

    This groaner has to be at least 50 years old. [​IMG][​IMG]
  10. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

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