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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by britlynn327, Feb 15, 2008.
I have 5 hens. Will an egg hatch without a rooster???
A rooster needs to make the eggs fertile in order to hatch. Hope this answers your question
Your hens will lay lovely, delicious eggs without the need of a rooster.
In order for chicks to hatch from those eggs you need a rooster to fertilize them.
If you have a broody hen (a hen wanting to sit on eggs) you can get her some fertile eggs. If this is not possible and you want to break the broodiness, lock her out of the nest, break it up, collect the eggs ASAP and in a few weeks she will move on past the broodiness. Collect the eggs several times a day (if you can) and eat the eggs being produced. Don't leave eggs under a broody hen that will not hatch. If they burst you will have a nasty mess to clean up.
I hope this helps you.
Quote:Only if a sneaky neighbors' rooster has been by to 'visit'.
How does a rooster fertilize the egg?