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Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by closetfan, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. closetfan

    closetfan In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2015
    I have a flock of 8 hens. 6 EEs, a silver laced Wyandotte and araucauna. I'm not interested in having a rooster. But I can "rent" one for a while if I wanted to get some fertile eggs to increase my flock.

    Dumb questions.

    How long should I keep a roo? And what eggs would be fertilized once he did he duties? Would the eggs immediately laid afterwards be fertile? Or does it have to travel up the reproductive tract and get to a just barely starting to form egg? If it takes a few days for the fertile eggs to come out, how many days would that be?

    I want to know how many I can keep collecting for food and when to stop and let incubate.

    And when can I start using eggs as food again once the roo leaves?

    Also........would any of my ladies get broodie? Can I let nature takes it's course or should I put them in a bater?

  2. Bryam

    Bryam Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Wait a few days, weeks for him to mate succesfully with all you hens. I say keep him atleast 1 month.

    Best of luck!
  3. popsicle

    popsicle Songster

    You can eat fertile eggs--so there's no reason to not eat them if a rooster is around. They may potentially produce fertile eggs for up to a month after the rooster leaves.

    I personally wouldn't bother with "renting" a rooster. You'd need to quarantine him, and then he'd need to be quarantined again when he leaves (unless you just make soup when he's fulfilled his purpose). Besides quarantining, he'd have to be acquainted with the hens--depending on the age and experience of the rooster, it may be a battle for him to get to breed the hens. I know every year when my chicks are out of the brooders the old hens beat the snot out of the cockerels--it's sometimes weeks before they successfully mount the old hens.

    Far too much hassle for a couple weeks of fertilized eggs in my opinion. I either keep a cockerel for as long as I can bear the crowing until I butcher him, or get fertile eggs from friends.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
  4. littlekatzz

    littlekatzz Songster

    Jan 23, 2012
    I'm surprised you can't find a free rooster for a short bit on Craigslist and then just relist him for free once you have had him in quarantine and then with your hens for a month or so. And I'd incubate over hoping one goes broody... But if you get one to go broody you might get her to adopt the babies after they hatch in the incubator. Free roosters are a dime a dozen out here and most places, only time I'd pay for a rooster is if it was a expensive breed that's rare to find and even then it better be show quality for me to pay for it lol.
  5. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

    Oct 24, 2009
    Seems a much better idea just to buy some fertile eggs and incubate them... or wait till you have a hen go broody and then buy the fertile eggs to put under her.

    If you get a rooster.. you will have the real danger of introducing a disease to your flock.

    The new rooster may fight with your hens and injure them.

    He may have a bad temperament.. or other bad qualities.. which he would pass onto any young that hatched from your hens.

    You would have to go through the bother or re homing him... which is very difficult.. as there are so many unwanted roosters already.

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