Please forgive my extreme ignorance. I was not wanting to post this question for fear of looking like a complete idiot but what the heck Ill do it anyways. I have had chickens on and off but they were always in an uncaged area and we rarely got the eggs because the chickens always hid their nest in thickets and so on. We had one egg hatch but I assume the cats got the baby because after a week the bay was missing. Now that we own this place and land we are planning on making a small chicken shed with a somewhat large fenced in area for the chickens protection and so we can have a few babies without them getting killed off. But I dont want tons of baby chics because I just fall in love with my pets and can not stand to get rid of them so I am the type that would end up with 500 chickens real fast because I could not get rid of them. And I certainly could not butcher them. But I want a male chicken because I like the crowing. I miss that. SO Im wanting to know does Vets ( or whomever) ever sterilize chickens? We want to eat their eggs so we want for them to still lay eggs but we just dont want for them to be making tons of babies. I know how male chickens will sometimes fight eachother to the death if they are in the same contained area so I dont want to end up with all those male chicks either. So do chickens get fixed? Thank you, Im so glad I found this forum because now that Im getting back into having chickens I want to do it right this time and already today I have learned alot from this forum.