Ask a Poultry Farmer

Advice from a man with sixty years of experience with chickens, turkeys and waterfowl. With community blogger Dale Wheelock.

Ask a Poultry Farmer: Can a hen lay eggs without a rooster?

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Dale Wheelock
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Let's get this out of the way: you don't need a rooster for your hen to lay eggs.

I've answered that question so frequently during my talks with beginning chicken farmers that I now automatically start backyard chicken classes with that bit of trivia.

If you live in a municipality with rules against keeping roosters, you'll still be able to gather eggs from your hens.

After sixty years of raising chickens, I thought I'd heard it all. But every year, someone comes up with a new question or a different way of doing things. I am always open to new ideas, and sometimes combining the old fashioned remedies with modern methods.

"Chicken people" are very friendly and willing to share information. Whether I'm at the Walworth County Fair, teaching a backyard chicken class or shoveling poop, chickens are always on my mind.

I hope you find some tips here, and share some of your ideas as we go along.

Last updated: 12:56 pm Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dale Wheelock has been raising chickens, turkeys and waterfowl since he was a farm kid in the 1950s. He owns and operates the Wheelock Family Farm in Walworth County with his wife, Barb, and has been an agriculture leader in the community for decades. Read more about poultry farming at askapoultryfarmer.blogspot.com. Dale is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management. Have a question for Dale? Send him an email at askapoultryfarmer@gmail.com.

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