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Does a Hen need a Rooster to Lay Eggs??

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I was just wondering how many believe  you must have a Rooster in order for  your hens to lay eggs?? I have come across several who didn't know that it was unnecessary to have a Rooster in order for your hens to lay.. If you are wanting to reproduce and the eggs to be fertile, then Yes , you MUST have that Rooster to mate with the hen so her eggs will be fertile. But for just good ole eggs to eat, your hen will still lay without him.  

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I'd venture to say the hen is happier without him.lol.png

I only have hens, and a lot of people ask me "so you don't get any eggs" and it is such an annoyingly dumb question. It amazes me how few people know that a hen does not need a rooster to lay an egg.

Zak

 

Raising spoiled Silver Laced Wyandottes

 

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Welcome to BYC from Michigan

At the very least, wipe the poop off your feet before getting in the car.

"Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here!"
Good night sweet Trousers, The Derp Club will miss you.
Treasure the love you recieve above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. Og Mandino
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At the very least, wipe the poop off your feet before getting in the car.

"Member of the Derperella Club-- We're just all goin' round' the rooster, here!"
Good night sweet Trousers, The Derp Club will miss you.
Treasure the love you recieve above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. Og Mandino
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Hi and welcome-byc.gif from Ohio. So glad you to have you aboard. thumbsup.gif

TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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Thank you all for the warm welcome.. My Pullets are 17 weeks old.. I can hardly wait until they start laying.. I went to Hobby lobby and bought 3 brown fake eggs to put in their laying nest..I know they are still a lil young, but anything new you put in with them they are weary of..lol...Believe me..they have been on their roost looking in at those eggs already ... I cannot believe how fast and big they have grown since I got them on April 4th and they were just a couple days old..

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Hello and welcome to BYC frow.gif Hope you get some eggs soon!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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@ Sumi...thank you for the welcome.. I hope I get some eggs soon as well..It really could be any time, however, my pullets will probably make me wait another 6 weeks..lol..

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- New for 2013 - Breeding Icelandic Chickens -

 

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post #9 of 14
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The answer is:  No, they DO NOT need that Rooster to lay eggs.. : )   Only if you want to reproduce do you need that fella.. : )

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welcome-byc.gif from California!

Elizabeth

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