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Hi Effie, :welcome

 

x2 on reading up on the great articles in the Learning Center:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 

And if you can chat with the other members from Greece, that might help you decide if you want chickens, how to take care of them best in your part of the world, etc. And yes, some people do raise them up first for the eggs and then later for meat.

 

Good luck to you. If you have questions, always feel free to ask!

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Natalie, where do you live in Greece?   I don't think this law applies to my city, Kozani, because I know that some houses on the outskirts do have chickens.

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Thank you,North FL chick.  We are preparing for the severe winters that we usually experience here (no snow yet) so I have to build a chicken coop in the spring and then ask one of my friends to help me with the purchase of a couple of chickens.   Do you need a rooster from the very beginning or can you just add him a little later on.........................  Does that question seem to be completely idiotic????:/ 


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Thank you,North FL chick.  We are preparing for the severe winters that we usually experience here (no snow yet) so I have to build a chicken coop in the spring and then ask one of my friends to help me with the purchase of a couple of chickens.   Do you need a rooster from the very beginning or can you just add him a little later on.........................  Does that question seem to be completely idiotic????:/ 

All questions are smart!!!

 

You don't need a rooster; you will get eggs either way, they just won't be fertile w/o a rooster. But they taste just as good.

 

A good rooster can help guard against predators (sound the alarm) or assist with keeping harmony in the flock. That said, I don't have one (can't in our area), but my flock seems to co exist w/o issue, now that the pecking order has been established.

post #15 of 17

Hi @effieK I just saw your question about roosters. @lynnehd is correct, your hens will lay eggs with or without a rooster; if you want fertile eggs for future chicks you'd need a rooster. One thing important to know, 1 rooster can handle 8-10 hens; if you don't have that many hens, a rooster can over-breed the hens causing them stress and injury. If you only want a few chickens, you'd be best to not get a rooster.

 

Your question was not idiotic, a lot of people assume you need both hens and roos to get eggs. I'm glad you asked instead of just wondering!

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thank you Lynne.

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Thank you North Fl chick.    No rooster for the time being.  Perhaps later on.

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