do chicks really need roosters?

jjacksont

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Mar 5, 2010
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This may be an incredibly stupid question, but we have never raised hens before and are now doing so in a spanish speaking country. I need a straight up answer in english so I am 100% sure I understand. Do chicks need a rooster around in order to lay eggs? If they do require a rooster- does he need to be seperated from them or does he need to 'assist' in their egg making? Thanks!
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
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Sep 22, 2009
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If you only want to eat eggs, you do not need a rooster. Roosters don't have anything to do with egg-laying.


If you want MORE chickens, and to HATCH eggs, you do need a rooster involved in the process. Roosters must fertilize the eggs in order for them to HATCH.
 

mkwags

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I had the same question when I first got chickens, and I had a friend tell me this: Females lay eggs, (including you....) IF you want them fertilized, then you need the male. I never thought too much about it, but it makes sense, eh?
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