Fertilized Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by divingmama2, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. divingmama2

    divingmama2 New Egg

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    Hello All! After starting my own backyard flock with 5 chicks earlier this year, my chicks have finally matured and are starting to lay eggs, yay! Only problem is that it turns out one of my hens is actually a rooster. I did not intend to raise chicks, I only want to have eggs. My question is this, if I collect the eggs daily and if they are by chance fertilized, can I prevent further development of the embryo by refrigerating? Or is there something else I should do?
    I am contemplating finding a new home for my Roo to prevent any "accidents".
    Any help you can give me would be very much appreciated!

    Laura
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    As long as you collect the eggs each day, they will not develop. Fertilized eggs only really begin to develop when they are sat on by a hen (or put in an incubator) for several hours, at the proper conditions (99-103 degree F. temperature and 50% humidity). So unless your hens decide to go broody without you noticing, your eggs will be just like unfertilized eggs.
     
  3. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2. I had a rooster for over a year with no egg "problems". It was nice to have the option of putting them in an incubator, but we never did. They were fertile too! I could see the bullseye mark on the yolks when I cooked with them.
     
  4. divingmama2

    divingmama2 New Egg

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    Thanks for the reply. How do you deal with some of the "courting" behaviors of your Roo? My Barred Rock Roo chases after the hens and plucks out a beak full of feathers. I have heard this is typical "courting" behavior, but the hens seem less than pleased about this new development. Also, they are in a pen during the day when I am at work and while there is a fair amount of room, it's hard to escape an overly amorous rooster. Any thoughts?

    Thanks again!
     
  5. divingmama2

    divingmama2 New Egg

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    Thanks so much for the info! It is really helpful!
     

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