Wednesday, February 9, 2011
A good man is hard to find
(On a side note... I'm always surprised when people ask me this question, but it has come up often: Don't you need a rooster to get eggs? The answer, is of course not! Hens, just like women, "lay" an egg on a regular schedule, whether or not there is an available male of the right species to fertilize it.)
Since I haven't ever raised chicks from my own eggs, it doesn't matter to me if they are fertilized or not. A good rooster, though, can play a helpful social role in the flock looking after his ladies, keeping the group cohesive, and keeping the peace.
I actually let him out of the cage since I didn't want to butcher in this cold. He'll spend a night in solitary sometime soon while I take him off feed for the 12 hours preceding the end. I've heard this makes chickens more calm at the end, but the real reason is that an empty gut makes them much more sanitary to clean.