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Do You Need a Cockerel?

No!

Chickens lay quite happily without the amorous intentions of a handsome red wattled male, such as old Perky here.

Should you have a cockerel, you can be sure he will do his best to fertilise the eggs. If a chicken is broody she will then sit on these eggs for 21 days (the incubation period) and with a bit of luck these eggs will hatch and produce more chickens.

The eggs a chicken lays without the help of a cockerel are not fertilised and will therefore never hatch.

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Roddyrarebreeds, 16 October 2011

Cocker ales are a lovely bird,if you have say several ,different breeds ,say White leghorns ,black,red,you want to keep them pure you will need 3pens3 lots off housing feeders water pots 3 times the amount of cleanig and at least 4 hens per cock,say you want to reel and breed silikey,batam ,Moreno game,them same applys you do well to remember that I have 20 different trios plus 80 ducks it cost me well over six grand to do all the sprate pens arks and feeders and about £75 a week to feed clean and worm a200 sorts out most laments about £2 ashot if you do it yurselt all medication can be given by a knowligable keeper happy bird keeping Tony Roddy roddyrarebreed

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