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Frequently Asked Questions

How many roosters do you need to keep eggs fertile?

To have fertilized eggs, you will need 1 rooster to 8-12 hens & roosters should be isolated by breed with like hens 4-7 days to keep eggs fertile. Hens will lay eggs without a rooster present. Eggs of course will not be fertile. For more answers, we have many books on poultry:

A Guide to Raising Poultry

A Guide to Raising Chickens

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