Do you need a rooster to hatch chicks? i wasn't considering getting a rooster, then is saw how the rooster protcets the flock, and when is saw the pictures of chicks, I couldn't help but maybe ask this question. Do you need a rooster to hatch chicks? You all probably know what i hope the answer is. no. If you do need a rooster, please tell me details about roosters!!!!!! can you eat fertal eggs??????