Clutches and Flywheels
Chickens and Roosters

Does a chicken need a rooster to fertilize each and every egg or does the chicken only need the rooster to fertilize her so she can lay a clutch of eggs so it'll produce baby chicks?

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04/05/2011

The rooster does not need to fertilize the hen everyday. The rooster deposits a sperm cluster or sperm sac when mating.

The sperm live inside the female reproductive system and each time an ovulation occurs (every 24-26 hours in good egg producers) the egg can become fertile. This process continues and matings at 7 - 10 day intervals are necessary to maintain fertility. The rooster does not need to fertilize the hen everyday.