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Keeping Roosters Separated: A Small Guide

  1. kittykitty30
    Most flocks contain roosters. If you want to sell your eggs, it is a bad idea to keep roosters with your flock as they will fertilize the hens. Some people have incredibly sensitive stomachs and cannot eat fertilized eggs, no matter how developed it is. If you still want roosters, be them for show, a more natural look to the flock, etc., then you will need to keep them separate from the hens.
    So how do you do that without building a whole new run for them?
    Build a small coop that can hold the amount of roosters you want to keep. Buy three or four PVC pipes and bend them into a 'U' shape. Hammer the ends into the ground, making sure hey stick. Then attach basic chicken wire, making a small, convenient run for the Roos. Make sure they have access to greens! You also will want to put chicken wire around the base of the coop to keep predators out. The roosters will alert the flock when danger is nearby and crow, but will not be able to mate with the hens. Also, they shouldn't fight together; if they do, move the coop and rebuild the run out of sight of the hens. They will be able to hear them but won't be able to see them.
    This also helps with controlled breeding; shut the roosters into the run while you put a female in with the male. Make sure you can see what they are doing so you know whether or not the hen is fertilized!
    I hope this helped! :)

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  1. One Chick Two
    Hi... just wanted to kindly point out, there should be no actual taste difference between fertilized and unfertilized eggs. If a person did a side by side blind taste comparison they should easily mix up the two (we tried this for curiosity's sake with several species of chicken eggs, and none of us (12) tasted any difference.). That said, there can be huge taste differences from whatever they are currently eating/grazing on. So it may be much more likely if someone has a sensitive stomach, it's just from egg albumen protein (etc.)- found in eggs, or from a flavor or something a hen may be eating.

    A hen has to sit on an egg for a full 24 hours to develop any embryonic growth- there is zero before that, just a minuscule dot of rooster blending- but no other changes yet. That said, many don't like the IDEA of fertilized eggs and object to that...but, that's a whole other thing. Sorry, just an opinion...

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