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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tasha1981 View Post


It is more than ok to eat fertilized eggs. Your rooster is fine with your hens.


X2 on Tasha1981; as long as you collect the eggs before embryos begin developing in them, you won't be able to tell them from unfertilized eggs when you eat them.

post #12 of 16

He's cute! 

5 hens + 1 Roo: Black Betty (BA), Pokey (BA), Bradley Cooper (GLW), Buffy (BO), Ruby, and Big Red (RIRs).
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5 hens + 1 Roo: Black Betty (BA), Pokey (BA), Bradley Cooper (GLW), Buffy (BO), Ruby, and Big Red (RIRs).
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post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post
 

He has male saddle feathers. I'm pretty sure it's a cockerel. Also, not a pure Columbian Rock with that brown, his neck feathers look more like a Delware (columbian plus barring). Definitely a mixed breed.

 

Agreed

 

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Originally Posted by 8HopefulHens View Post

What do you do if you want to keep the rooster and also want to eat your hen's eggs? Make him a bachelor pad and keep him separate?

 

It is perfectly safe to consume fertilized eggs.  There is no difference between a fertile and infertile egg beyond a small change to the appearance of the germinal disc (that little, white dot on the yolk) until the egg has been  incubated to begin development of a chick.  Unless one of your hens becomes broody *and* you allow her to set on the eggs, that won't happen.

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post #14 of 16
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What we all thought was a rooster in the photos, is actually a hen. First she started squating in front of me. Now she's laying eggs! I was told by my neighbor, who has menagerie of farm animals that they are all hens.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by 8HopefulHens View Post

What we all thought was a rooster in the photos, is actually a hen. First she started squating in front of me. Now she's laying eggs! I was told by my neighbor, who has menagerie of farm animals that they are all hens.


Thanks for the update. There are always those unique individual birds that fool even experienced chicken owners and you can't be sure of their gender until they either crow or lay an egg. :o)

post #16 of 16

Glad to hear she is a hen, and a very smart one.  With her around, you don't need a rooster.  If you do have one, just pick up eggs every day and they won't have started developing into chicks.

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