One question that quite a few people asked when we said we were getting chooks, was don’t you have to have a rooster to get eggs? And the answer is no. Most birds are quite capable of laying an egg without any contact with a male of their species, although it tends to be sporadic at best. In the case of the domestic hen, you only require a rooster if you plan to breed. Some cultures consider fertilised eggs to be extra nutritious, but consumers in countries like Australia, Britain and New Zealand tend to get disturbed by the presence of an embryo in their morning omelette. But the main reason for not adding a rooster to your backyard flock is that they do tend to wake the neighbourhood at unsociable hours. So in most urban areas they’re a no-no.
We wanted chooks for the company, for the amusement, and for the eggs.
Time to meet the girls.