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post #21 of 34 Old 07-24-2012, 06:43 PM
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if free ranged, hens can have a good 3 yrs of good laying. Never like the first yr but still worth keeping generally. If you keep them from moulting by having artificial light on them in winter you keep getting eggs, but it burns them out quicker. They are usually done with by 2nd yr. A good hybrid cross from flocks bred for production will outlay everything. Sometimes gettting the occasional hen to lay 2 eggs a day. Not to common but it happens. Penned up hens arent as healthy, physically or mentally, as free ranged. Plus the eggs are healthier to eat than something penned all the time, b/c of the diet. Roosters are usually easy to get along with till they are 10-12 months of age. After that be wary. So far I've been fortunate. I've had mean game fowl, but my layer rooster types havent been to bad. But I've known more than few that were wicked. The way they are raised has alot to do with it, but even if raised correctly, they can be rough b/c of their genetic makeup. After all we are talking about roosters. Something able to breed up to 20 hens a day multiple times, so their is plenty of testostrone there, plus they are one of the very few creations of god that has a natural weapon for fighting and killing...the spur....it has no other use
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Not sure why you are so freaked out about fertilized eggs. As stated, nothing happens for a few days and you absolutely need to collect your eggs every day. You would never, ever know.

One nice thing about having your own rooster, is that if you end up with a good brood hen, you can hatch out your own chicks. That's kind of neat.
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post #23 of 34 Old 07-30-2012, 11:18 AM
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I have a mean rooster.. but he wasn't mean until my hen hatched her eggs and turned out some of them were roosters. So then I had to get rid of the roosters, thinking he would be nice again. And he isnt.. but roosters eat and do what hens do I say.. and to make sure your not eating chick filled eggs grab them everyday...

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Not sure why you are so freaked out about fertilized eggs. As stated, nothing happens for a few days and you absolutely need to collect your eggs every day. You would never, ever know.

One nice thing about having your own rooster, is that if you end up with a good brood hen, you can hatch out your own chicks. That's kind of neat.
its just me lol it took weeks to get used to the idea of actually acknowledging that these are menstrual (sp)eggs lol so within time it will not phase me :P
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so this weekend went out and looked at all the chickens we have. Well it looks like we have a late bloomer and might have 3 roosters instead of 2 :(

So we have ads up already for 2 roosters to go and if not momma says that we will keep them and the first aggressive one will make a nice small chicken dinner. And continue that path if need be

I will say though they are pretty to look at :)
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Roosters aren't good eating once they get aggressive. Fatten up two of them and have dinner. Even if they're small, at least they're not going to waste.
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^^ how come you can't eat the aggresive rooster?

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I would think that they are tough by the time they are mature enough to be mean.

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post #29 of 34 Old 07-30-2012, 06:42 PM
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You can eat them, but something about the maturing of them makes them tough before the hens get tough. Mature hens are tougher than young ones, but not nearly as bad as roosters. I don't know why.
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My grandmother used to say that you could eat a rooster if you boiled the meat for a long time. She said that they were no good fried.

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