Originally Posted by countrydog54
Thanks for the quick answers--even though I know my sister will not be happy with the news. She just wants to try raising chickens to get eggs. She did not sign on to butcher anybody! I have asked her for a picture, and I will post that as soon as she can send one.
If she does have a rooster and he does his rooster job, I am guessing that would mean the hens would all be laying fertilized eggs. Is there any way to prevent that? Or is the only solution to "re-home" the rooster?
Would love to see a picture of him
If he is a meat bird you could always see if someone will take him off your hands. Place an ad on craigslist, etc. But keep in mind whoever takes him will most likely butcher him. But that may be better than watching him continue to gain more weight and possibly have complications and suffer.
Yes, if the rooster mates with the hens the eggs will be fertilized. The only way to prevent that would be keep him in a separate pen or to re-home him. Fertilized eggs are safe to eat and you won't have any "babies" running around unless you incubate them or let a broody hen sit on and hatch the eggs.
Roosters are not for everyone, I do enjoy mine, but if she only wants hens, then re-homing him will be the kindest and best solution.