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hen and rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rooster419, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. rooster419

    rooster419 In the Brooder

    Dec 12, 2010
    hi every one its bin a while sence i bin on. my hen is ready to lay eggs. the ? i have is when my wife bought the baby chicks the lady said they were both hens but the road island red is a rooster. now the ? is do i need to seperate them they have bin living together there hole life. how does the rooster fertilze the eggs are they still good to eat or am i going to have a bunch of chicks running around. as you can see im in a pickle here. thanks for any info u can give me

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    As long as the rooster is not tearing up your girls' back feathers while mating, they shouldn't need to be separated. Fertilized or unfertilzed does not affect the taste or quality of the eggs. There's no chance the eggs will hatch 1) if you collect them every day and 2) if your hen does not go broody.

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