INQUIRING MINDS: Is it possible to have eggs without a rooster?

Q. I’m thinking about getting a couple of chickens, so that I can have fresh eggs.  But I dread the idea of being woken up at dawn by the rooster’s crow (and I don’t think the neighbors will be very enthusiastic either.) Is it possible to have eggs without a rooster?

 

A.  Yes! A chicken’s biology makes it entirely possible to have eggs without roosters.  In the absence of a rooster to fertilize them, those fresh eggs will never become baby chicks — but you didn’t care about that anyway. Reassure yourself and your neighbors that fresh eggs don’t automatically involve roosters crowing at dawn. But do check with your local municipality before you set up your henhouse. Different communities have different restrictions with regard to keeping chickens.

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