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Cant wait to see my chicks!!!! :)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sausym, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. sausym

    sausym New Egg

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    Hello Everyone!

    I am totally new to the wonderful world of chickens, and am learning so much thanks to all of the wonderful knowledge on BYC

    A week ago I placed my first order with my local "chicken lady" we are getting 2 Easter Eggers, 2 white bantam silkies, 2 buff bantam silkies and 2 speckled sussex. All set to hatch mid March. Since the silkies are straight run I am wondering what my chances are of getting a roo.. According to my local "code enforcement team" [​IMG] I am allowed to have roosters where I live.. But do I want one??? After reading several posts on the pros to having a rooster, I was thinking it may be nice to have one.. I like the idea of being able to have hatch my own chicks sometime in the future.
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!

    I love your breed choices. It is really a personal preference as far as having a rooster goes. Do a search on the forum, and find a few old threads debating the pro's and con's of having a rooster. This is what helped me decide. Being able to hatch your own eggs sure is exciting.

    Good Luck to you!
     
  3. sausym

    sausym New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice :) that is exactly what I have been doing... lots and lots of reading.. I guess I will just have to see how it goes.. I guess there is a chance I don't get any roosters, but now after all I have read I kinda think I want one :) Of course I wouldn't want to hatch any eggs for a while so it seems I would be making sure to collect any eggs on the daily to ensure no fertilized ones slip by :)
     
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

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    The rooster fertilizes the hen prior to her laying eggs. So if you have a rooster with your birds (and he is old enough) then your hens eggs will most likely be fertile. However, you can still eat these fertile eggs. No chick will form inside of the egg if you or your hen don't incubate them. I'm sure you know this, but I just want to make sure. :D
     

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