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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sutphindanesnchickens, Feb 18, 2009.
Was just wondering if a rooster is needed to keep the girls laying or just help them FEEL GOOD?
From what I understand you don't need a rooster for more eggs, just 14 hours of light a day and high quality feed.
No roosters necessary for eggs.
All a rooster does is fertilize the eggs. Having a rooster wont make your hens lay anymore.
A good rooster will do his best to protect your girls from predators (some even to the point of giving their life). He will find good things for them to eat. He'll keep them rounded up and look for any wanderers. He will break up any fights that get out of hand between the girls.
A good rooster is worth his weight in gold, but your girls are going to lay eggs without his help.
You dont need a rooster to get eggs but they do a very good job keeping their girls in line and making them happy.
Quote:Gritsar it the nail on the head.
just curious. If you have a rooster your eggs are going to be fertilized right, well how do you keep from getting chicks in your eating eggs.
Quote:you collect eggs frequently so no one incubates them..
and don't put them in an incubator, put them in the fridge.
Quote:I question the part of breaking up the girl fights. Has anyone seen this happen? (may I just have a crappy rooster )