Do I need a Rooster for my chickens to lay eggs well?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gallinamama, May 28, 2010.

  1. gallinamama

    gallinamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a newbie and I have heard that I do not need a rooster for my hens to lay eggs. I have also heard that a rooster will make the hens lay eggs better. I don't know wether that is true. My neighbor says I need one... she has chickens... [​IMG]
     
  2. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens will lay eggs with or without a rooster. You only need a rooster if you want chicks!
     
  3. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from Ohio nice to see you've joined us chicken lovers!

    No, no rooster is needed for hens & eggs, unless you want to have young chicks hatching. To keep hens laying well, you might keep a supply of Layer feed mash, and add it to their daily feed.
     
  4. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

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    Roosters make absolutely no difference in egg production except for making them fertile. That is why many cities allow people to have a few hens but no roosters, so they can enjoy the eggs, but not the noise. Your neighbor is misinformed.
     
  5. gallinamama

    gallinamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you so much... I wasn't quite sure, just wanted to be sure. My chickens are from my grandson's preschool. They watched them hatch... they are 7 weeks old right now... they hatched on April 12th! [​IMG] I have dones some research and I believe they will start to lay eggs in the beginning of September....does that sound right to you?[​IMG]
     
  6. gallinamama

    gallinamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you for the Welcome.... I find that this forum really gives you a lot of answers and quickly... Seems a lot of people are raising chickens.... I never knew!![​IMG]:woot
    layer feed mash does it have additives in it? I really want to try and raise my chickens as naturally as I can with out antibotics and additives... I guess I can pick up this at the feed store right?
     
  7. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and a big..... [​IMG]
     
  8. Mystoriadore

    Mystoriadore New Egg

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    When I was a little girl visiting my grandfather's farm, he told me my grandmother kept male chickens in the hen house to give the chickens something to cluck about. I believe my grandfather had issues.
     
  9. new breeder

    new breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmm well be prepared for half of them to be roosters :)
     

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