Should I seperate the rooster and hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bbecca, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. bbecca

    bbecca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 week old chickens. One buff Orpington had turned into a rooster. He has not seemed over aggressive yet, I know it's still early. I really like him and don't want to get rid of him if I don't have to. But my main concern is I don't want fertile eggs when they start laying. Can I seperate him by himself? I was thinking of just letting him free range by himself ... or just put him along with one other BO hen into a different coup? Or is that too much for one hen to handle? Any other suggestions other than killing it would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    There's no reason to separate him unless you want to feed him separately.
    What is the problem with fertile eggs? You would never know they were fertile unless you incubate them for 3 weeks.
    Keeping the eggs in the 90s F for a couple days will start them to develop but if you don't keep them hot, nothing will happen.
    How many pullets do you have?
     
  3. bbecca

    bbecca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 pullets plus the Roo. I know people say it's ok to eat the fertile eggs and no difference but I personally am grossed out by the idea and can't get past it. Sorry! [​IMG]
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Crazy....Get rid of the Rooster then.....He will do better rehomed....
     
  5. bbecca

    bbecca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @chickens really I am a first time chicken owner and I'm just trying to figure out my options and was looking for an answer to the questions I posted instead of being called crazy.
     
  6. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can separate him and give him a bachelor pad if you really want to keep him, but they are flock animals and he will be lonely. No I would not coop him with only 1 hen, he may over mate her causing stress, lots of visible feather damage and possibly injuries. If you really don't want fertile eggs, your best option is really to find him a new home. But as it was pointed out there is no difference in the eggs and it would take at least a few days of a hen sitting on eggs before there would be noticeable growth in a fertile egg. I mean really other then seeing then mate you wouldn't even know a fertile from an unfertile. But either way I don't have and can't have a rooster. And if and when i cam have a rooster i will not get a rooster unless I know I will be willing and able to butcher extra chickens, incase we have or let a hen hatch eggs. Because to many roosters are not good for the flock.
     
  7. bbecca

    bbecca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @sawilliams thank you very much. i didn't realize this about the fertile eggs, until you and @ChickenCanoe mentioned it. Makes me rethink things, maybe I'll keep him as long as he doesn't get mean.
     
  8. chicks n roses

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    if you have a safe area then i would free range him i had a game that was like a yard ornament HAPPY. by the way i am so worried that a friend recieving a dozen eggs from me will get a developing egg... GROSS! I actually have cracked two in a year but i too dont want that .you are not crazy imho .and you are a good chicken momma to care about the !Goodluck and godspeed.
     
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  9. bbecca

    bbecca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @chicks n roses thank you. Yes that is exactly my worrys [​IMG]
     
  10. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you pick then up same day it won't be an issue. But if you leave for a weekend or have a girl trying to hide a nest anywhere other then the nesting boxes. You can look up candling eggs to know how to check. Otherwise if they are older then a day are 2 and your worried either of you have a broody give them to her to hatch or simple throw them out. I think eggs have to stay over 90 degrees for a few days before they start to develop. So as long as the girls aren't sitting on then the eggs shouldn't start to develop. I think an egg can set for almost a week with out a hen sitting on it and still produce a chick the day as an egg laid the same day the hen decided to sit. It's a safety for the flock so the mom doesn't abandoned near hatch chicks due to too much variety in hatch days. So even an egg that has been in the coop a few days as long as no one is trying to sit on eggs shouldn't show any development
     

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