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Another Chicken Question
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EIEIO    Posted 08-29-2002 at 12:31:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think today is chicken day. Anway now that I have my "Lady of the Piggery", degree I am working towards my Chicken degree. I would never ask this board this question if I could find it someplace else but I can't so here goes.

How often does the rooster have to mate with the hen for the eggs to stay fertile? Do they have to mate for each egg or what?

Thanks for your answers - when you quit laughing.

EIEIO-THANK YOU    Posted 08-29-2002 at 16:01:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you all I learned a lot that I didn't know. I always tell the newcomers how much knowledge can be gained here.

I really appreciate the help and am going to print out the answers, my CRS seems to be lasting longer than normal.


Les...fortunate    Posted 08-29-2002 at 14:05:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't really know the answer for sure but.....I doubt if the rooster has to, ahem, copulate with the hen every day for the eggs to all be fertile. But he does it anyway just to make sure. I do know that if you take the rooster away for some reason, (like to eat him or he dies or something) the eggs will continue to be fertile for some time into the future. How long, I don't know. If my father were alive he could give you a much smarter answer. He was in the egg business for many years and liked chickens in general. So do I.

ol henry    Posted 08-29-2002 at 12:45:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just leave them together and don't worry, they know what to do.

EIEIO    Posted 08-29-2002 at 12:54:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
The reason I ask is my one hen is sitting on an egg and this poor hen sits on so many eggs that I feel bad because nothing ever happens. Plus I wanted to start collecting the eggs for the incubator. Also when they are brooding do they still lay eggs?

I don't know chickens very well at all!!!

June McConnell    Posted 09-02-2002 at 10:13:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If your hen is broody(wants to set the eggs) and they won't hatch and there is only one egg, candle your eggs and find about 8 fertile eggs, remove the one which is not fertile, put a small marker pen mark on the shell of the fertile eggs and let her set. If you don't have any fertile eggs get some from a neighbor or friend. Once a hen is on a nest she will usually stop laying. Some breeds of hens are more broody than others. Send for a Murray McMurray's Catalogue. They are a source for chicks, fertile eggs, and wonderful information about different breeds of chickens. My grandchildren and I have had hours of pleasure with my catalogues and they also have a website.

Tom A    Posted 08-30-2002 at 03:59:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Just one added comment to what everyone else has said so far. In my (still fairly limited) experience, our broody hen has raised "better" chicks than we do with a brooder. Her chicks seem to grow faster, are more 'street smart' about what to eat, how to act around other chickens, cats, dogs etc.

The only two points on the downside is that 1) they have a lower survival rate than hand rasied and 2) they are less people-friendly. Our hand-raised hens will come when called, so we never have to chase them, ever. Hen raised chickens tend to be more chicken-like, and you have to catch them when you want them.


ol Henry    Posted 08-29-2002 at 15:43:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
she won't lay while she is broodey...... if you know someone that has some chickens that are of a type that you like, why not get a dozen eggs from them and put them under your setting hen, lots more fun thatway, you get to watch the old hen take them around and scratch for them.
Good luck

Rachel    Posted 08-29-2002 at 15:05:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello EIEIO, chickens tend to get broody just because some hens are gonna be better mothers than others. It's great you already know this hen is a good mom! You can guarantee she will hatch you a lot of younguns for years to come. It's too bad but broody hens won't lay. They put all their little minds on babymaking and then on baby raising. My banty hatched 6 eggs in May and she is still guarding her chicks which are twice her size now! She hasn't laid since May. I don't mind cause she lays such tiny eggs. And.. it saves my regular hens for laying. Some breeds are better brooders than others. Bantys have a rep for it. Soon as your baby rooster gets to going after those hens, you're gonna have a flock so big you won't be able to eat all the eggs! Don't fergit half of all hatchings are usually roosters so ya can expect some good eating if ya slaughter by 12 weeks. Fatten 'em up first. Hope this is helpful, Rachel

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