Do I need a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tank1, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Tank1

    Tank1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new and just got my first three hens. Do I roosters for my hens eggs to hatch as far as fertilization is concerned.
     
  2. Mike Winters

    Mike Winters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes rooster are for helping to make more chickens
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, if you want your own hens' eggs fertilized, yes you need a rooster. Understand not all hens - few, in fact - are "setters" which will go broody and incubate their eggs. Certain breeds are more likely to go broody than others, but that's still no guarantee a particular hen will go broody. The large majority of hens simply lay their eggs and walk away, not at all interested in sitting on them for any length of time, much less 21 days.

    If you dont have a broody hen, you could incubate their eggs artificially in an incubator. For that matter, you could buy fertile eggs from someone else, incubate those eggs, and not require a rooster in your own flock. But you'll probably hatch out a few boys...
     
  4. Tank1

    Tank1 Out Of The Brooder

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    So it takes 21 days for eggs to hatch?
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yup. Sometimes 22 days, sometimes 20 days, but the average is 21 day of incubation.
     

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