Is SHE a HE

newchick35

In the Brooder
May 20, 2015
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I hope I have 5 other hens. I live out of city limits so no problem with that. I do not want to make baby chicks anytime soon. We are still trying to get our coop finished. Do I need to keep them seperated? Will he be a trouble maker. Not sure if he can be seperated. He is a big baby away from the others. That should have been my first clue to a male.
 

junebuggena

Crowing
Apr 17, 2015
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Long Beach, WA
You will only be 'making babies' if you incubate the eggs. Fertile eggs are perfectly safe to eat. It takes a few days of being kept at about 100 degrees for development to even start.
 

popsicle

Songster
8 Years
Oct 27, 2011
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Looking at the mountains in MT
Also, the little blood spots in eggs are not from being fertilized--that's a different issue with the hen. You will never know the difference between fertile and unfertilized eggs unless you know the specific thing to look for (a slight difference in a small white spot).

I personally process most cockerels--they harass the pullets/hens, they ruin the feathers on pullets/hens (especially if you only have a few), and they're noisy. I have one Chantecler rooster right now that I like enough to keep around--however, they rarely make it to 16-weeks around me.
 

MANNA-PRO

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