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Do I need a Rooster for my chickens to lay eggs well?

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I am a newbie and I have heard that I do not need a rooster for my hens to lay eggs.  I have also heard that a rooster will make the hens lay eggs better.  I don't know wether that is true.  My neighbor says I need one... she has chickens... idunno

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Hens will lay eggs with or without a rooster. You only need a rooster if you want chicks!

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welcome-byc from Ohio nice to see you've joined us chicken lovers!

No, no rooster is needed  for hens & eggs, unless you want to have young chicks hatching. To keep hens laying well, you might keep a supply of Layer feed mash, and add it to their daily feed.

~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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Roosters make absolutely no difference in egg production except for making them fertile. That is why many cities allow people to have a few hens but no roosters, so they can enjoy the eggs, but not the noise. Your neighbor is misinformed.

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Originally Posted by gvntofly05 

Hens will lay eggs with or without a rooster. You only need a rooster if you want chicks!


Thank you so much... I wasn't quite sure, just wanted to be sure.  My chickens are from my grandson's preschool.  They watched them hatch... they are 7 weeks old right now... they hatched on April 12th! celebrate     I have dones some research and I believe they will start to lay eggs in the beginning of September....does that sound right to you?hmm

married , 4 children, 4 grandchildren,  I love the outdoors, people and animals.

"If you judge people; You have no time to love them"
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married , 4 children, 4 grandchildren,  I love the outdoors, people and animals.

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Originally Posted by MareeZoCool 

welcome-byc from Ohio nice to see you've joined us chicken lovers!

No, no rooster is needed  for hens & eggs, unless you want to have young chicks hatching. To keep hens laying well, you might keep a supply of Layer feed mash, and add it to their daily feed.


Thank you for the Welcome.... I find that this forum really gives you a lot of answers and quickly... Seems a lot of people are raising chickens.... I never knew!!woot:woot
layer feed mash does it have additives in it?  I really want to try and raise my chickens as naturally as I can with out antibotics and additives... I guess I can pick up this at the feed store right?

married , 4 children, 4 grandchildren,  I love the outdoors, people and animals.

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married , 4 children, 4 grandchildren,  I love the outdoors, people and animals.

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and a big..... welcome-byc

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When I was a little girl visiting my grandfather's farm, he told me my grandmother kept male chickens in the hen house to give the chickens something to cluck about.  I believe my grandfather had issues.

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When I was a little girl visiting my grandfather's farm, he told me my grandmother kept male chickens in the hen house to give the chickens something to cluck about.  I believe my grandfather had issues.

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Thank you so much... I wasn't quite sure, just wanted to be sure.  My chickens are from my grandson's preschool.  They watched them hatch... they are 7 weeks old right now... they hatched on April 12th! celebrate.gif     I have dones some research and I believe they will start to lay eggs in the beginning of September....does that sound right to you?hmm.png

Hmm well be prepared for half of them to be roosters :-)

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and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelle girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl


Plus 1 little splash australorp just hatched - My hatching diary
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Aussie Mum to two pet quality sizzles -  Captain and Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelle girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl


Plus 1 little splash australorp just hatched - My hatching diary
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