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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.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on January 29, 2015, 10:42 PM

I never watch those reality shows. But I can see them not knowing which one to kill. Most people are so far removed from where the food supply comes from anymore that I think they believe it just appears

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:44 PM

I've never watched a reality show, but you did teach me a few things about chickens.

snerfu wrote on January 30, 2015, 12:11 AM

Okay hens and eggs go hand in hand. Got the point. We all need those eggs. Have a nice day.

valmnz wrote on January 30, 2015, 12:17 AM

I don't know the show, but maybe they thought saving the rooster was essential for the hens producing eggs.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 30, 2015, 1:00 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Roosters don't lay eggs? Are you sure?

Elren wrote on January 30, 2015, 1:29 AM

Well, that's an obvious mistake on their part. But maybe they wanted the more tender meat of the hen. XD

Bethany1202 wrote on January 30, 2015, 12:12 PM

Ugh... I'm glad I don't watch that show. Also glad I don't eat eggs out of a hen's butt or dead chicken flesh. Good post. RT