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rooster + 3 hens, how will this work?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ozarkjeep, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. ozarkjeep

    ozarkjeep Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought I had 4 pullets, one turns out to be a rooster.

    Son and daughter want to experience the baby chick thing once before separating the rooster.
    If we do decide to keep the rooster, will ALL of the eggs be fertile?

    or will I have to candle them all, will the hens lay on them instead of laying more eggs?

    I have no idea how this process will work, and im looking for some advice.

    we mainly wanted fresh eggs, and kids backyard pets.

    we can give the rooster to a freind with more space IF he gets mean, so far he is very gentle and freindly though.

    thanks in advance for any advice!
     
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I would say that all the eggs will probably be fertile. Unless for some reason he was not interested in one of them, not too likely if there are only 3 girls.
     
  3. ozarkjeep

    ozarkjeep Out Of The Brooder

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    ok, ive since read that we can eat the fertile eggs if we immediately refrigerate them also.

    so that solves that problem.

    Now, if only he wont crow in the middle of the night too loudly, and if ONLY he remains nice to the kids.

    this MIGHT work out..

    we shall see.
     

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