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What do I need to know before buying Chickens for the purpose of producing eggs?
I want to have my own fresh eggs and we are thinking of buying a few hens and a rooster. What do we need to know prior to doing this?
The rooster is totally unnecessary unless you want to raise chicks. The hens lay without a roosters help. Figure out how many eggs a day you want, get that many hens plus about 1/3 more. 6 eggs/day--9 hens. Some days you get more some less. Every 2 years get new hens ( about 6 months old) and eat the older ones as they start laying less.
Make your selection on the eggs you want to produce. Some hens are bred for egg producing while others are for meat. Some hens lay brown or greenish blue eggs instead of white ones. No matter what the color, there is no difference in the nutrition value they have. They must be kept warm to keep producing year around and must be fed a good mix of feed which is 3/4 corn. Unless you want to hear it crow or hatch chicks from sitting hens I'd skip getting a rooster.
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If you want hens solely for egg laying then go for hybrids rather than pure breeds. Take a look at this website it has lots of useful information for anyone thinking of becoming a hen keeper and lots of useful links about different breeds. Like Diana has said having a rooster in your flock is probably best avoided. You do not need a rooster for your hens to lay eggs, only if you want to breed.
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by Lois Kulis7 years ago
If you have a Rooster and Hens and the hen lays eggs will I be able to take some to eat and some...to hatch?
by Jackie Lynnley3 years ago
I read this a few months back that this happens like if there are only hens and a rooster is needed for... well...populating. I can't recall where I found that info. Do you have any knowledge on this?
by Dr Pradip Hira5 years ago
If one hen gives 2 eggs in 2 days then 5 hens will give how many eggs in 6 days ?just try to count, if not enjoy others answer, if you don't know still try to give answer.
by earnforlife4 years ago
How many chickens do I need to get at least 9 eggs weekly?I am considering purchasing a chicken coop for my sons. They like eggs and I heard that raising chickens for eggs is cost effective and easy to do. Nine eggs...
by Aya Katz8 years ago
... to return the carton?My daughter's music teacher gave us a dozen eggs her hens laid. Should I keep the carton and return in to her later?
by ngureco7 years ago
Why Should A Hen Lay Eggs Without A Rooster?
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