Important Fact To Know In Regards to Keeping Chickens for Eggs
Do you ever watch the reality show Survivor? Have you seen the episodes where people are given 3 hens and a rooster so they can produce their own eggs? Have you noticed the awful mistake so many people make on Survivor in terms of what they do with these birds?
I have kept chickens for eggs, and as pets, so when I watched Survivor and saw the people take a hen out of the cage and kill her I just want to scream at these idiots. " Hens lay eggs, roosters do not lay eggs, kill the rooster ". I have to assume that even though these people may not know much about chickens that they at least know the difference between a hen and a rooster.
Hens lay eggs. Roosters do not lay eggs.
Roosters are not needed to get eggs. Roosters are only needed to get chicks.
As such if you want eggs (but no baby chicks) all you need are hens. Hens lay eggs, roosters do not. Most breeds of hens will lay an egg every day or two except when she is stressed or moulting, or in the winter.
Typically roosters are killed as day old chicks, with only a few kept for breeding purposes.
Image Credit » Photo by Brenda Nelson, author.