A First timer, Do i need a rooster to get eggs from a chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rode Island Red 2008, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Rode Island Red 2008

    Rode Island Red 2008 In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2008
    I was wondering if i needed a rooster to get my eggs from a chicken.[​IMG]
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    No. Hens will ovulate (produce eggs) with or without a man around - just like humans. [​IMG]

    You only need a rooster if you want FERTILE (hatching) eggs.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2008
  3. 22chickenlover

    22chickenlover Hatching

    Apr 30, 2012
    I don't get it, a woman need a man to get a baby, so do the chicken need a rooster to get egg right? please let me know, or do you mean if you want egg for food, you don't need rooster, but if you want the egg to be a chicken, the you need a rooster, is that what you mean? hope I understand it right!! pls let me know. Thanks
  4. heath_elisha

    heath_elisha Songster

    Oct 19, 2011
    Hens get their "period" every day and lay a egg. If the egg is fertile (because you have a rooster) - when treated properly (incubated or hatched by a broody hen) then it would be a chick. You can eat fertile or unfertilized eggs. Hens do not need roosters- unless you want one to protect the flock - or make babies [​IMG]
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    A hen will lay eggs whether there is a rooster around or not. You do not need a rooster to get eggs.

    The eggs will not be fertile unless there is a rooster around. You need a rooster to hatch eggs.
  6. Humans, deer, or chickens, it does not matter. The female produces an egg. For a woman it is every 28-29 days. For a chicken? It can be as often as every 24 hours.

    However, if a woman doesn't not have relations with a man, who makes her egg fertile, ie, conception occurs, and thus, she becomes pregnant, she simply passes the non-fertile egg with her period. If a hen does not have a rooster around to fertilize her eggs, she merely passes the egg every 24 hours of so. That's all there is to it.
  7. Of course, you need a rooster for brown eggs. The roosters lay brown eggs...

    Totally messing with you.
  8. Nope.
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Definately messing with you - it's only if you want blue eggs. [​IMG]
  10. Eddy Chicken

    Eddy Chicken Songster

    Oct 23, 2011
    Southern New Jersey
    No rooster is needed. You can just walk up to the hen and reach under her and get the eggs yourself. Besides, the rooster can't carry but one egg at a time back to the house. ;)

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