Our experts answer four questions about eggs, roosters, and poultry farming.
Q. Do I need a rooster to have my hens lay eggs?
No. The rooster is needed if you want a fertile egg but isn’t necessary for a hen to lay eggs.
Q. Do hens lay more than one egg a day?
No. In fact, they will average less than an egg a day in many cases, and their productivity depends on many factors, including age, diet, weather conditions, daylight hours and breed.
Q. Are all roosters mean?
No, but some breeds have a proclivity toward mean roosters.
Q. Do roosters only crow at sunrise?
No. They will crow when startled, when they are establishing hierarchy or simply to announce their territorial presence.
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