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#76948 - 07/30/03 11:33 AM embarassing question, chickens mating...
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Hi everyone, I have kind of an embarassing question, but I don't know anything about this aspect of chickens.
Do the roosters fertilize the eggs after they are layed or do they actually have sex? this may sound strange but I really don't know. we have a mix of males and females we don't know which are which yet, same with our ducks, but we don't want baby's. so if anybody can help me out with this answer I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks

Kerri

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#76949 - 07/31/03 07:30 AM Re: embarassing question, chickens mating...
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Registered: 08/16/02
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Cocks' sexual proclivity, indeed, is fabled, legendary, proverbial, and the subject many barnyard jokes for good reason. They have been called roosters only since prudish Victorian times. Page Smith and Charles Daniel, in their chicken book, observed that in every culture that knows chickens a word for the male chicken will be the same as one for the male sexual organ. If your cockerels and pullets aren't old enough to be distinguished yet, just wait. In addition to roosters' bigger combs, larger size, more upright posture, more prominent feathering, and crowing, their sexual appetite will help you to identify them when the time comes.

You have little to fear about chicks hatching from eggs as long as you collect them. A hen has to go broody first, and then you have to let her set on eggs for three weeks before they will hatch.

Some people prefer fertilized eggs for eating, most find no difference, and certain vegetarians will eat unfertilized but not fertilized eggs.

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#76950 - 08/01/03 08:50 AM Re: embarassing question, chickens mating...
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Just wondering, don't fertilized eggs have blood spots in them? Or don't these appear until after the chicken has sat on them for a while? I am really new to this and just don't understand how you can eat fertile eggs if there is a baby in there.

Thanks for being patient with me.

Kerri

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#76951 - 08/01/03 08:58 AM Re: embarassing question, chickens mating...
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Loc: New York
According to the American Egg Board, re blood spots or meat spots:
Contrary to popular opinion, these tiny spots do not indicate a fertilized egg. Rather, they are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg or by a similar accident in the wall of the oviduct. Less than 1% of all eggs produced have blood spots.

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#76952 - 08/06/03 01:50 AM Re: embarassing question, chickens mating...
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The egg will only be fertlised at the right time of the egg production cycle - obviosly the sperm cannot get into an egg stll indide the hen which has a shell on. You can tell a fertile egg by looking at the yolk of a broken egg. The little white spot on the yolk will be blurry and indistict if the egg is unfertile, if it is fertile, then this little what spot will have a obvious white ring around it. Roosters mate often and if one egg is fertile, then all the eggs layed after are likely to be fertile as well.
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#76953 - 02/21/04 04:41 PM Re: embarassing question, chickens mating...
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Hi, a basic question I hope someone will answer for me. Are the dozen eggs which are sold in cartons at markets a combination of fertile and unfertilized eggs? Thanks for your help.

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#76954 - 02/21/04 11:47 PM Re: embarassing question, chickens mating...
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Mare:
Most eggs for sale in retail stores come from large egg farms where males are not needed and would only add cost. So, no they are not usually fertile eggs. There are small retail operations which may buy farm fresh eggs and these could be fertile but certainly the large grocery stores would not be buying from small local farmers.

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#76955 - 02/22/04 05:38 AM Re: embarassing question, chickens mating...
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Hi James, thanks for your reply, much appreciated.

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#76956 - 02/28/04 06:21 PM Re: embarassing question, chickens mating...
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So can one assume then that if the rooster is mating one chicken, he will mate all the others and all the eggs collected should have a greater chance of being fertile, or if he chooses a favourite is he likely not to mate with the others?

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#76957 - 02/28/04 06:48 PM Re: embarassing question, chickens mating...
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All the eggs are likely to be fertile, but unless you are planning to hatch chicks, it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference. An egg is an egg is an egg!

If you do not want to eat an egg that possibly is "fertile", do not keep a rooster. Roosters have a reputation that is earned. All the eggs will not be fertile, but most will. But I cannot imagine why it would make a difference, most of us wouldn't even think about it!! I have two possibly fertile eggs for breakfast every morning. They look and taste EXACTLY the same, whether they are fertile or not- can't tell! There is no baby in there!! Is this your concern or just curious? CJR

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