can you eat Fertilized eggs ? are all eggs Fertilized .. many question - please help !

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sandrameissnest, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. sandrameissnest

    sandrameissnest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2012
    i don't have eggs yet- but waiting any day for it ;)
    i have also a Rooster ( what was suppose to be a Hen ) LOL..
    can i eat Fertilized eggs.. and are all eggs fertilized?
    should i get rid of him?
    is it healthy to eat those eggs? how long are they good to eat ?
    or is it better just to eat the plain ones....
    does the Rooster sleep in the same chicken cube ? or somewhere else ?
    thanks for your help.
  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Hi Sandra,

    We have a rooster and most of our eggs are fertilized. We've been eating them and seem to be doing just fine. [​IMG] To my knowledge they're perfectly healthy to eat and will stay good as long as any other egg - as long as your hens AREN'T sitting on them and you're collecting them regularly. There are some good threads on here about how to tell the difference between fertilized and unfertilized eggs.

    Our rooster stays in the same coop with our hens and they all sleep together on the roosts.

    I hope this helps!
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2012
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    If you have a rooster in the flock, then all the eggs are likely to be fertilized. Fertilized eggs taste no different than non-fertilized eggs. The only difference happens when the eggs are incubated. You can crack open one of your eggs and see if they're fertilized. A non-fertilized egg will have a white spot on it. A fertilized egg will have the white spot - but it has a bullseye appearance.
  4. Moonkit

    Moonkit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2011
    Richardson, Texas
    As long as you don't allow your hens to sit on the eggs (collect daily atleast), they are perfectly safe to eat. The rooster's "portion" of the egg appears as a small "bullseye" on the yolk. It doesn't change the taste, healthy properties, or anything. The eggs can be collected and stored as any other eggs are.

    As to whether to keep the rooster or not.. would your neighbor's mind the crowing?
  5. sandrameissnest

    sandrameissnest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2012
    thanks all for your help!
    so far he crows at 5am just a few times and then that's it ! i don't know if that will change.
    i had 2 roosters before ( what should have been Hens) LOL they crowed all night long so i got rid of them to nice home .
    he is now 5 month old... so i don't know if its going to be worst later on.
    let me ask you something else..
    i have just one 5 month old rooster and a 5 month old hen ( since the other once where roosters )
    now i have 4 more ( hopefully Hens ) they are around 5-6 weeks old.. can i put them to the other once already ?
    thanks for everything
    p.s do i have to worm them? or are they fine ? i mean i dont see nothing wired in the poop ;)
  6. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Just think about it. Any of the old folks that had chickens and depended on the rooster to keep them in eggs, more chicks, all ate the same eggs the hens set on. Don't know it every harmed any of the older folks. I know it didn't my grandma and her 13 children. Nor me and my wife now. When we cook with eggs around here, we have a choice, cook with um or put um in an incubator. [​IMG]
  7. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    Don't put the young chickens in with the older ones till they are closer to the same size. Then do it gradually, so the older birds can get accustomed to seeing the younger ones. New birds can get bullied to death, literally. There are threads on this forum about introducing chickens to the established flock. You might want to use the search feature to do a little research.
  8. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    What you can do is put a small dog kennel in the coop and put your chicks in it when the two older go out then you can let the chicks out to explore the coop, while you watch. They will get used to each other faster, by the time they are a little older everyone will know each other.
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