Is this true

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cms1113, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. cms1113

    cms1113 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone keeps telling me that i need a rooster for my hens to lay eggs. But I thought you only needed a rooster if you wanted fertile eggs.
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    You are correct. A rooster will give you fertilized eggs; pullets/hens will lay regardless of having a rooster.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Really, it's just the plain old facts of life. A hen ovulates without a rooster just like a woman ovulates without a man. I always wonder why people would ever believe that a hen wont lay without a rooster--doesn't make any sense at all.
     
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Nope, sure doens't. I'm with ya, Cyn. It's basic biology. [​IMG]
     
  5. cms1113

    cms1113 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU!!
     
  6. Ron

    Ron Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The next time someone tells you this, ask them if they think factory egg laying operations have a rooster in every tiny crowded compartment!
     
  7. gratefulchick

    gratefulchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Good one, Ron! I'll remember that because I swear I get asked that more than any question.
     
  8. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

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    I get asked that all the time too! Even my MIL!

    Here one for you... My son came home and said his friends don't believe him that a rooster is a chicken! He went back after checking with me and told them they were wrong! One boy checked with a teacher who disagreed with my son! [​IMG]
     
  9. NRacine

    NRacine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh! This drives me nuts! I've used both replies of "well, don't you still ovulate if you don't have a boyfriend?" and "do you think the chickens at the egg factories have roos stuffed in those little cages with them?"

    Whoever started this rumor is a jerk.
     
  10. Fancie

    Fancie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    supposably the rooster is srtutting up and down the isles... that is what I heard...
     

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