Keeping a rooster

jmeeter88

Songster
11 Years
Aug 18, 2008
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New Hartford, NY
Well, my suspected rooster started practicing crowing today. Can I leave him in w/ the hens or does that automatically mean fertilized eggs? Any way of keeping him around?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
Yes it means fertilized eggs. There is no difference nutrition-wise in a fertilized vs. non-fertilized egg. You can't taste a difference and unless you know what you're looking for, you can't see the difference. Just collect your eggs promptly and refrigerate and there's really no problem.
We go thru about two dozen fertlized eggs a week in my house.
 

jmeeter88

Songster
11 Years
Aug 18, 2008
192
4
121
New Hartford, NY
Oh nice, I thought I would have to get rid of him!

Will it make a difference if it's a Black Australorp impregnating a Buff Orpington?
 

Akane

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 15, 2008
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Only matters if you plan on hatching the eggs. The hens will lay the same eggs irregardless of the rooster. It's only the chicks that come out of the eggs that are different.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
237
421
SW Arkansas
Quote:It won't make any difference to the rooster.


SO TRUE!

It would only be a problem if you have a very large rooster with a banty hen. If and when you decide to hatch chicks the resulting chicks would be mutts. Perfect for backyard flocks.
 

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