Do you separate your "laying hens" from your "flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by texasgal, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    What I mean is .. do you keep the hens you collect eggs from everyday separate from the hens that you let run with a rooster?

    My DH told me last nite that he would be excited when I was able to separate my laying hens from "the rest" .. I asked him why I would do that .. and he looked at me like I was from mars.

    "You don't want your rooster being able to get to ALL your chickens do you?"

    I asked him if he had a problem with fertilized eggs? Or if he thought that hens with a rooster would go broody and sit on all their eggs .. or what? [​IMG]

    I couldn't get a straight answer from him .. other than mumbling something about "laying hens" should be kept separate...

    Any thoughts??

    I think that he thinks when they breed, they will automatically go broody ... [​IMG]
     
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  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought my laying hens were my flock. [​IMG]
     
  3. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    Quote:Seeeeee??? I'm NOT crazy! I dont' know what he's getting at ... [​IMG] Sometimes I just wish he'd stay out of "my stuff" .. [​IMG]
     
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Seeeeee??? I'm NOT crazy! I dont' know what he's getting at ... [​IMG] Sometimes I just wish he'd stay out of "my stuff" .. [​IMG]

    May be his upbringing, I know there are some that will claim you cant eat fertilized eggs, and some that will claim you cant get eggs without a rooster, Either way someone is wrong. Tell him he will have to build you another coop, or live with having the roo with the hens. And a LAYING HEN COOP has to be BIG. [​IMG]
     
  5. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:Seeeeee??? I'm NOT crazy! I dont' know what he's getting at ... [​IMG] Sometimes I just wish he'd stay out of "my stuff" .. [​IMG]

    May be his upbringing, I know there are some that will claim you cant eat fertilized eggs, and some that will claim you cant get eggs without a rooster, Either way someone is wrong. Tell him he will have to build you another coop, or live with having the roo with the hens. And a LAYING HEN COOP has to be BIG. [​IMG]

    MASSIVE even...[​IMG]
     
  6. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    I like the way y'all think! [​IMG]
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Me too. [​IMG]
    ETA: My roo's favorite girl wears a saddle. If anyone wants unfertilized eggs, they could always find the egg from my one hen that refuses to let the roo touch her and as a result never lays a fertile egg.
     
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  8. sbarab

    sbarab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Show him the BYC links for hen houses. [​IMG]
     
  9. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    He probably has the same aversion to eating fertile eggs as I do. No real basis on why you shouldn't, but, some people simply can't get their minds over eating fertile eggs for whatever reason. I plan to keep my "breakfast" hens seperate from my breeding hens and roos.
     
  10. lildinkem

    lildinkem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends where I am at with the flock. IF I just had bought some hatching eggs from a very desirable breeder, I will collect eggs from hens that usually I would not, anyway just to have the genetic diversity. I bought most of my Marans as hatching eggs, so I am much more likely to just weed out those pullets that are smaller. I have 8 foot by 8 foot pens that I use for breeding. Then I put those bred hens in a separate coop to collect their eggs only for hatching.
     

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