Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I can tell you that more roosters hatch out than hens at any one time. Honestly, you cannot taste the difference between a fertilized and not fertilized egg, and we eat our eggs almost daily. You CAN tell the difference in chicken meat that you get from your backyard flock and the bland Cornish Cross birds that live their lives in tiny cages. Even my 2 week old chicks want company, room to scoot around and they start enjoying dirt baths and chasing moths at that age, too. The meat on my young roosters is tender, and gamey without being dry. I butcher them knowing that they're lived a happy life. Chickens CAN live about a decade, but mostly they live about 3-5 years. After the first year, the # of eggs from your hen declines, and then you're feeding a pet that occasionally lays an egg for you.