Is a rooster a problem for my eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eggmandoo, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. eggmandoo

    eggmandoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Apologies if it's an obvious answer but I'm new to all this. I have one or two laying hens at present and a 16 week old cockerel. Is there any issue with keeping the roo with laying chickens. I just want eggs to eat. I'm concerned that eggs may get fertilised and this will affect whether I can eat the eggs.
    Ta in advance
     
  2. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whether or not an egg is fertile has absolutely no effect on its edibility. Unless someone told you, you cannot tell the difference. The only thought I have is if you have only one or two hens and a cockerel, your hens will get way overbred and probably loose feathers. A rooster can easily service ten hens. Early this spring I had a 20 to 1 ratio and 100% fertility in my eggs (I and some friends were hatching some.).
    Just wanted to add you may want to get several more pullets if you keep the cockerel.
     
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  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fertile or not you can eat the eggs.
     
  4. eggmandoo

    eggmandoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I have 5 hens. Three Pol and two at 16 weeks. I think the roo is going to go. I don't want to upset my neighbors.
     
  5. Trouble1391

    Trouble1391 New Egg

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    If the crowing is the problem get a rooster collar or "no-crow" collar.... significantly reduces the sounds when he crows.
     

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