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Wanna keep the rooster, but!
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tim in pa    Posted 05-13-2004 at 12:20:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i hope some of you fine people can answer some questions for me about chickens. my wife and i are 2nd year chicken custodians. we have rhode island reds, giant blacks, and just got golden comet peeps this year. we got a rooster out of this batch which we'd like to keep, but don't want the fertilized eggs, nor do i want to build separate living quarters for this fellow! is it feasible for us to snip, with some direction? or should we just forget the idea. also, what is the occassional little red spot on the eggs? harmful? i really appreciate any recommendations anyone can give us. thank you.



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Bkeepr    Posted 05-14-2004 at 03:30:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
First off, neutering a rooster was very common practice until perhaps 30 years ago. They're called "capons" and they grow big. In the days before the modern fast-growing highbrid chickens, caponing birds was the way to product market-sized roasters.

Won't hurt him, I'm told they get very calm. Some farmers actually would use capons to set on eggs because they were better setters than most hens. I've never done it, but have read the procedure and it doesn't sound difficult but it is internal surgery so I wouldn't try it myself without having seen it done at least once. Your vet can likely do it.

Now, if I can, my question: why don't you want fertilized eggs?

Despite all the old wives tales, it is almost impossible to tell a fresh fertilized from a fresh unfertilized egg by sight! Blood spots happen either way--they are a result of broken blood vessel in the hen while the egg is forming and can be caused by anything. Has absolutely nothing to do with fertilization. Little white spot? That too is in both fertilized and unfertilized eggs and is the "germ" of the potential baby. Only once the egg has been incubated for awhile can you tell the difference visually--otherwise the difference is literally microscopic.

My point is: doesn't matter. No reason to be squeamish about fertilized eggs. In fact, if you've ever bought "farm fresh" eggs in the past, it is entirely possible that you had fertilized eggs and just didn't even know it.

So, yes you can neuter the rooster, but why do it.

Tom A


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KellyGa    Posted 05-13-2004 at 12:30:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
If your referring to the red spot inside the egg, its okay to eat, its just a fertilized egg. I have never heard of neutering a rooster, guess it could be done, don't really know. If I ended up with a rooster and didn't want any baby chicks, I would give hime away or he would be for the stew pot, lol. I personally don't have any use for them, but they are very pretty to look at. :)


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Tinker    Posted 05-13-2004 at 12:56:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Correct me if I'm wrong..but isnt a nutered rooster a capon? Is this done while very young or can it be done as they get older? I'd like to know this too.


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Tinker    Posted 05-13-2004 at 16:05:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
YAY..my memory didnt fail me after all! Now where did I put those sugical gloves...Mmmmm....


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Herb    Posted 05-14-2004 at 00:00:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read recently that the red spot doesn't mean the egg is fertilized. Its caused by a broken blood vessel in the hen or something like that. Its OK to cook with these eggs, just add a dash of Visine. It gets the red out. No, just kidding. My theory is the reason you rarely see the red spots on store bought eggs is the Kroger hens aren't under as much stress as regular old yard hens. They don't have to deal with roosters, hawks, snakes, farmers, tornadoes, Paris Hilton, and the like. Anyway I think the answer might be to get several more roosters so the one won't wear himself out and hens will be happier too.


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~Lenore    Posted 05-14-2004 at 20:37:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, buddy, dont be a stranger.
These folks will get used to your sense of humor before long!!
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Tinker    Posted 05-14-2004 at 08:19:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
This one I do know! To tell if an egg is fertile you look closely at the egg yolk. There will be a white spot on it. This white spot will be like a white ring (very tiny). This is a fertile egg.


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