Since it turns out I have roo's now....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sinistershelly, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. sinistershelly

    sinistershelly Out Of The Brooder

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    My hubby asked me a very good question the other day. It turned out that in our grp of 9 hens, we may have about 3-4 roosters. The question(s) would be, if a rooster is around and he mates, can we still eat those eggs or do we need to be separating egg layers and possible brooders? [​IMG] And since they all grew up together, is it ok to have all the roo's together just how they are?. I ask because I read in another thread that it's recommended to only have about 1 roo to every 10 or so hens. But not sure how that works for chicks that all came together. Im such a chicken noob [​IMG]
     
  2. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can still eat fertilized eggs. It won't hurt anything unless you let the chicken sit on the eggs for a couple days.
     
  3. mk4lh

    mk4lh Out Of The Brooder

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    With only 6 or 7 hens it would be best to only have one rooster. Otherwise the poor hens won't get any down time so to speak. [​IMG]
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Your hens will be far happier with the attentions of only one rooster. The eggs will be fine for eating. They will not develop unless incubated.
     

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