rooster without fertilized eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by katydidit, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. katydidit

    katydidit Out Of The Brooder

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    Total newbie here...

    I am planning to start my first coop, and would love to add a rooster to the flock... but I have a (probably very obvious) question...

    If I have a rooster, will all of the eggs become fertilized and not usable for eating? How does this work?

    And how do I prevent having too many chicks??
     
  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    If the rooster mates with your hens then you will have fertile eggs. The eggs are still perfectly fine to eat. Unless you look very closely, you will not even notice the difference.

    If you don't want to have chicks then you simply collect the eggs everyday. You only leave eggs if you want chicks.
     
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  3. katydidit

    katydidit Out Of The Brooder

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    is there a way to tell if the egg is fertilized (if I were to want to hatch the chick instead of eating the egg?)


    And thank you!
     
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