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Just found out I have a Rooster, but do not want chicks...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LauLau_Mama, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. LauLau_Mama

    LauLau_Mama Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought my babies in December, and one of my Plymoth Rocks has turned out to be a Rooster. He is a sweetie, but the past day or so he has been...well you know with one hen in particular. I do not want baby chicks, it is too hot in the summers and well, I don't have enough room. My neighbor told me that as long as I check for eggs daily it would not matter if they (the eggs) are fertilized. Is this true? Should I separate them, and build a 'man cave' for the rooster? Oh gosh....don't know what to do!! They are all still so young, I appreciate any advice!
    Thank you
     
  2. DianeS

    DianeS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, as long as you gather eggs every day, the eggs will not have time to start to develop. To get a baby chick, you have to have several things: a fertilized egg, a hen that wants to sit on the egg for 28 days straight while barely getting up for food or water, and a chicken owner that lets that happen. As long as you get the eggs regularly, you're fine. You won't be able to tell a fertilized egg from an unfertilized one.

    Enjoy!
     
  3. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto... you will never get chicks unless you incubate the eggs...either with a hen or incubator.
    One small correction.. its 21 days for chicken eggs.
     
  4. DianeS

    DianeS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoops! Major typo there - thanks for catching it.
     
  5. LauLau_Mama

    LauLau_Mama Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! Looking forward to fresh eggs :)
     
  6. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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  7. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    You will never have any chicks unless you allow one of your hens to go broody and incubate the eggs for 21 days!

    No chicks will start to develop unless the hen starts to incubate them........and then you will only see the start of a growing chick after over a week.

    Just make sure you collect you eggs more than once a week and you will never have any problems.
     

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