Keeping a rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jmeeter88, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. jmeeter88

    jmeeter88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    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.
     
  3. jmeeter88

    jmeeter88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  4. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:It won't make any difference to the rooster. [​IMG]
     
  5. jmeeter88

    jmeeter88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But will the resulting egg be any different?
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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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.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:It won't make any difference to the rooster. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] 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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