Do Hens Lay Eggs Without A Rooster?
I am often asked ” Do hens lay eggs without a rooster?”, here is the answer….
Hens lay eggs without a rooster, yes. The simple answer is that the eggs are just not fertile. A rooster is not needed for hens to lay eggs. Birds of all kinds lay eggs on a regular basis with or without a male of the species around. The only benefit to a hen and her eggs that a rooster provides is fertilization.
Warning ! Graphic content ahead! (Ok, well it isn’t like we will be posting XXX or anything, but I do like to warn people before hand) The following may not be suitable for the squeamish or those who just don’t want TMI on roosters, hens and the whole fertilization process.
Basically, a hen produces eggs all year long unless they are in what is called “molt” or temperatures are cold and they have slowed down. The rooster will not have any bearing on egg production. However, if you have a rooster your eggs will be fertile.
The rooster fertilizes eggs by going behind the hen, hopping on top of her and holding her down with his spurs and beak. The “foam” then exits him and covers her vent. This enters her system and fertilizes the egg.
If eggs are incubated or put with a broody hen, they will hatch into chicks! That is a whole different story which we will address soon!
Another common question when the topic do hens lay eggs without a rooster comes up is, do fertile eggs taste different? NO, fertile eggs do not taste different.
Additionally- NO you are not eating a baby chick if you eat a fertile egg. Depending on how you store your eggs, chances are the fertility is no longer viable anyways.