Dean Collins wrote:t what i dont understand is if you take an egg away from a hen does this "stop" embryo development by putting the egg into the fridge?
Dean Collins wrote:In the same way how do hens end up "hatching" multiple chicks at the same time if they only lay eggs once a day and then need to sit on them for about 3 weeks?
Dean Collins wrote:Also do you need to keep your roosters/hens in a separate pen that you are wanting to breed chicks from the hens that you are just keeping for egg production? or if you get a different breed is this enough to stop the rooster trying to breed with them?
Dean Collins wrote:I was planning on having a coop with run and free range so thinking maybe i can keep layers and meaties in the same coop but allow them into the run/free range on alternate days to stop my layers getting impregnated.
Dean Collins wrote:Lastly i'm assuming hens "stop" egg production when they are brooding and sitting on eggs? or do they continue to lay but get "off the nest" to go and lay eggs elsewhere?
I get that once a hen reaches puberty that they will start egg production (and understand its every 24-28 hours for good layers) and have also read that a hen can "store sperm" internally for up to 4 weeks to fertilize eggs as they are produced but what i dont understand is if you take an egg away from a hen does this "stop" embryo development by putting the egg into the fridge?