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Is there any way to keep a roo from fertilizing the eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sillychicks123, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. sillychicks123

    sillychicks123 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2013
    I am getting three silkie chickens on Saturday to add to my flock, and I am a tad worried about getting a Roo. I am not allowed to keep roos where I live, but I have this friend who makes these Rooster "no crow necklaces", which keeps them from crowing, but doesn't limit them from eating, or breathing, or drinking just fine. I do plan on keeping the Roo if the necklace does really work, but I was wondering if he will fertilize the eggs? How do I keep him from not fertilizing the eggs/if there is a way? Or is he does fertilize the eggs are they still good to eat as long as we eat them right after?

  2. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Songster

    Apr 15, 2012
    Ontario, Canada

    I am not sure how tight this necklace needs to be to keep a rooster from crowing? Since all roosters have different sized necks how will you know what size to buy? It does not sound very humane to me.....but that is my opinion. As for eating fertile eggs......there is no difference in taste. Yep it is okay to eat them.....and nope unless you have him in a separate pen......he will get his job done. If you can't have a rooster.....I would just find a place to re-home him and then you don't have to worry about any of it.
  3. sillychicks123

    sillychicks123 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2013
    If it seems unhumane then I definently won't buy it. Even though it will hurt to see another one go, if that is what I have to do then that is what I will do. As for the size, I will ask the maker on Saturday, and I believe it just puts a bit of pressure on certain places of the neck, but again, I will get more details soon and probably ask you about it on here lol so get ready!! Also, if I put the egg in the fridge right after it is "fertile" will the embryo grow? Or will it just die because of the cold? Sorry for all the questions lol
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    A fertilized egg will not begin to develop unless it is kept at ~99 degrees for more than a couple days.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I have roosters with my layer flock all the time. I collect eggs at least every other day--even in the hot summer-- and often let them set on the counter in my no-ac house. I've never had a nasty surprise when I cracked an egg. Fertile eggs have to be around a hundred degrees for 5ish days to START to develop. Prior to that, there is nothing to die, as nothing has started to develop.
  6. Margiechickmom

    Margiechickmom In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2013
    Rural NE North Carolina
    I would be very skeptical that a necklace would keep a rooster from crowing.
  7. sillychicks123

    sillychicks123 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2013
    Oh ok. Thank you

  8. sillychicks123

    sillychicks123 In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2013
    To be honest, I am too. I will see them on Saturday, and if it looks in humane or cruel, or that it wont work, I wont get it

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