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Can I keep my roosters and still sell eggs for consumption?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by morganel, May 1, 2009.

  1. morganel

    morganel Hatching

    Apr 30, 2009
    We ended up with two roosters and they are getting busy with the hens. I have seen some fertilized eggs and one of my customers called and said that some of the eggs she bought were strange. This makes me very uncomfortable. The roosters are beautiful and I love listening to them. Do I have to get rid of my roosters or are there ways to make sure that the fertilized eggs don't progress beyond the very early stage - so they still look like normal eggs. We don't wash the eggs and they sit on the counter until we sell them. This has always worked before because we sell them so quickly. Does getting them in the fridge right away to stop the process?

  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Unless its 95 degrees on your kitchen counter and your eggs are gathered every day, they should be fine. If you live in a very warm climate you may need to refrigerate them.
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    The roosters should have nothing to do with "strange" eggs.
    The fact that they are fertilized should be completely unnoticable unless they are incubated.
    Blood spots are possible in an egg put fertilization has nothing to do with it, it's normal. Store eggs are checked before packaging and used for in prepackaged foods not sold as eggs.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Your customer probably knows you have a roo and so got it into her head that there would be something "different" about them. All my eggs are fertile and my customers know it and don't have a problem with it. Some folks actually prefer fertile eggs.
  5. morganel

    morganel Hatching

    Apr 30, 2009
    Thank you so much. That makes me a feel a ton better.
  6. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Gosh I hate to think people are that weird (talking about your customer - not you!). I eat my fertile chicken, duck and guinea eggs all the time. Never had a problem [​IMG]
  7. citygirl

    citygirl In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2008
    Dayton, Ohio
    We also eat and sell our fertilized eggs. We do, however, refrigerate them after collection each day. It works for us.

  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    You might ask what was "strange" about them- many people have never had real, farm-fresh eggs, and they are different from store eggs.

    The yolks are usually yellower, even into orange, and the whites don't flow out all over the pan like an older egg. They do taste different, too. Much richer flavor.

    I sell eggs, but I refrigerate them right away, and I deliver them in a cooler with frozen gel-packs.

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