Ok this might be a dumb question but Im new to this....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SteveP612, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. SteveP612

    SteveP612 Chirping

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    Im getting my hens in about 2 weeks and this will be our first attempt with laying hens. My question is My neighbor told me that if I only want eggs to eat and not hatch that I dont need a rooster. Is this true. He said that the rooster is only needed to fertilize the eggs so they will hatch. Help me please.
     
  2. annek

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    He is correct, you do not need a rooster for eggs, they will lay anyway. If you want babies, you either need a rooster or to buy fertilized eggs.
     
  3. giasmom

    giasmom Songster

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    Yes it is true, No roo needed unless you want fertile eggs. BTW.. No, such thing as a stupid question. If you want to know, just ask.
     
  4. SteveP612

    SteveP612 Chirping

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    Thanks for the quick responses this clears it up for me.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    Amazing how most questions get answered around here within minutes.
     
  6. nhnanna

    nhnanna Songster

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    He is right.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    [​IMG] I agree with the other posts. You only need a Rooster if you want furtilized eggs.
     
  8. peeplessinNC

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    OK....another "stupid" question.....can a hen become broody and want to sit on eggs even if there is no rooster in the flock to fertilize them?

    And.....why do I change my mind every few weeks as to what breeds of chickens I want to have?

    BTW, I have to say this is the BEST place on the internet to learn about chickens, coops, chicks, egg laying, incubating eggs, etc. etc. with the nicest, most generous members.
     
  9. giasmom

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    I totally agree !!! This place is awesome !!!
     
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  10. Becky_H

    Becky_H Songster

    Quote:*Snerk* At least you haven't GOT them yet. I keep deciding I want different breeds --w hich presents a problem once you've already got the birds. (AKA: I just keep buying more birds. My husband is going to leave me soon, I swear).
     

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