Selling eggs, raising chicks, Roosters with the hens. Some questions.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by FarmerCarl, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. FarmerCarl

    FarmerCarl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a small flock of 7 RIR hens for eggs. I've been selling the extras to family members. This summer, I would like to add to my layers and sell eggs to the public too.

    But, I also want to try to raise chicks with a few hens doing the work. That means I'll need a rooster hanging around.

    This is probably an obvious question, but at the risk of sounding dumb, here goes....

    Do I have to keep my roosters separate from the hens whose eggs I sell to the public?

    Whats the best way to have eggs for sale and to also keep a flock of hens with a rooster to raise chicks?

    My birds free range all year round. Will I have to keep separate flocks to do this?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, you dont have to separate the rooster. Almost all my eggs I sell are fertile. They cant tell the difference. I dont tell anyone they are fertile (though most know I have roosters) and no one has ever asked me.
     

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