Dumb rooster question.........

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Creekbank, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. Creekbank

    Creekbank Out Of The Brooder

    71
    16
    43
    Nov 30, 2014
    Northeast Indiana
    Please forgive my lack of knowledge, so here goes-
    Can a Banty rooster breed a full size laying hen?
    Also, what causes a blood spot to show up inside an egg occasionally? Is this a fertilized egg?
    Thanks for the guidance !

    Creekbank
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    34,028
    457
    448
    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Sometimes. It's a matter of how much size difference there is, and whether the rooster has figured out how to manage it, to get the parts close enough together for the exchange of sperm to take place.

    No, a spot of blood does not indicate fertility. It's just a minor "error" in the egg laying process, and does not harm the edibility of the egg, or affect whether it is fertile. Here is a thread with pics that show how to tell whether an egg is fertile.

    As for dumb questions, there aren't an! We were all beginners once.
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2014
  3. Creekbank

    Creekbank Out Of The Brooder

    71
    16
    43
    Nov 30, 2014
    Northeast Indiana
    Thanks Judy. One more question- does having a rooster in the flock change anything in regards to amount of eggs laid, broodiness of hens, taste of the eggs, etc? And, are there any added benefits to having a roo around?

    Creekbank
     
  4. asale003

    asale003 New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Jun 18, 2014
    Wake, VA
    Having a rooster does not change the number of eggs, broodiness of the hens or taste of the eggs. I keep roosters because they protect the flock. It's also nice to have fertilized eggs so I can replenish the flock at anytime. I have also found the flock is more interesting to watch with the roosters around. The social dynamics are a bit clearer to me with the roosters around.
     
  5. Creekbank

    Creekbank Out Of The Brooder

    71
    16
    43
    Nov 30, 2014
    Northeast Indiana
    Thanks for the info.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by