soo....q's about hens/rooster and babies...


8 Years
Apr 19, 2011
loretto, pa
we have 4 chickens....we thought they were all female....two of them(thelma & ruthie red) have big red combs on them...while the other two...fluffy & rosie red have very little combs...but i was convinced that they were all female because that is what i was they r 4 months old and have starting laying eggs....but i have come to the conclusion that we now have 2 hens & 2 roosters....we r only getting 2 eggs a white and one light

but my question that enough hens to rooster ratio...or do i need to get more hens....

and do hens have to have sex with the rooster in order to lay fertile eggs or when they lay can i automatically put them in a incubator for chicks to be born...i looked up all of this but really didnt find nething that i understood...i see that u have to either crack open the egg or candle sure about all of learning alot...but just unsure about this part...i do want babies...i want more then 4 chickens..geez..that is just a
Are you certain the 2 with combs are roosters? At 4 months old, they could just be more mature than the others and closer to laying eggs.

If you post pics of the 2 you suspect, we can give you a second opinion.
Sounds like a typical male??
Are you sure that the other 2 are roosters? Just because you are only getting 2 eggs a day, doesn't mean the others don't lay. Post some picks of the 2 in question.

In answer to the other questions:
1.yes, they have to mate to have fertile eggs, but not every egg will be fertile. I'm not sure of the percentage, but it is most likely that they will be. I have 9 chickens to 1 rooster and mostly every egg I open (to cook) is fertile. Look here to see what a fertile egg looks like.
can candle (not crack!) an egg to see if it's fertile but you have to give it about a week or so (under a broody hen or incubator) to see anything. There's a great thread on candling eggs on here. Look here to see how to candle an egg.

. ideally, I think the hen to rooster ratio is around 10 to 1. But I've read that it can be as low as 8 to 1 and as high as 15 to 1.
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