Keeping eggs unfertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by icewb8, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. icewb8

    icewb8 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I was wondering how I could keep my hens from laying fertile eggs with roosters around. I don't want to eat fertile eggs and I don't want to keep the roosters seperatley. I also can't get rid of the roosters because I'll need them to breed one day. Can anyone think of a good solution?
     
  2. Hi!
    I don't think there is an alternative EXCEPT seperating the roos.
    Forgive my curiosity, but why do you not want to eat fertile eggs?

    Lisa
     
  3. icewb8

    icewb8 Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't want to eat them because my chickens are my pets and I don't eat my pets so eating a fertile egg would be hard for me. I know it sounds strange but who knows.
     
  4. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no way short of making a Chastity Belt for chickens to prevent the eggs from being fertile when you have a rooster penned with the hens. My husband felt strange about eating fertile eggs too. I cracked two eggs in the pan and said one was fertile ( which it was ) and the other was not. I asked him to tell me which was which. He could not tell the difference and has since gotten over it. My advice is to get over it. I don't mean that in a mean way or to sound cruel, it is just part of owning chickens. Rooster are awsome to have and fertilizing eggs is their job. You will never know the difference in the eggs.
     
  5. ChrisnTiff

    ChrisnTiff Out Of The Brooder

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    You could always caponize your rooster. I'm sure if you couldn't do it yourself you could find a vet that may do it for you.May be kinda pricey but if you are set in your conviction about not eating fertile eggs and won't give up your roo this would be the only way. Oops, I just noticed you wanted to breed them in the future. So you will have to scratch this idea. Iguess you will have to buy eggs from the store, though you could never be sure if those eggs were fertile or not. Good luck whichever way you go.

    Chris
     
  6. Ah-Ha! Not a chastity belt, but maybe a 'rooster diaper'? He could still interact with the hens, but the diaper would keep the eggs infertile and edible for you, Ice.
    Keeping it clean would be a lot of hassle, but might be an option for you.

    Lisa
     
  7. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ice- There is no way the egg can start to develope without the proper conditions. You aren't going to be hatching every single egg that is laid, are you? Well why not eat them? It would be better than them being wasted. Short of that, I guess the only thing you can do is get rid of the roo(s) or seperate them into a different pen. If you want to keep them for breeding purposes, why do you not want to seperate?
     
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