If you are are looking into getting chickens for eggs, one question you may wonder about is “do roosters lay eggs?”
To answer the question do roosters lay eggs, first you need to understand basic chicken terminology. (And maybe also understand a little basic biology.) If you don’t already know, a rooster is a mature male chicken.
So, knowing that roosters are males – do roosters lay eggs?
Of course, the short (and probably obvious answer) to this question is no. No, roosters do not lay eggs. Males of most species do not lay eggs, and roosters are not an exception to this.
Ok, so that seems pretty simple, right? But, if you were wondering do roosters lay eggs – that may have also made you wonder:
Do chickens need a rooster to lay eggs? Or, can chickens lay eggs without a rooster?
This perhaps, isn’t quite a simple as the fact that males do not lay eggs. But, the answer is still the same. Do chickens need a rooster to lay eggs? No, they do not.
However, if you want to hatch your own chicks either by incubating eggs or using a broody hen then you WILL need a rooster. While the answer to can chickens lay eggs without a rooster is yes, they can. The eggs that hens lay without a rooster are unfertilized.
In order to hatch and raise baby chicks from your flock, you will need fertilized eggs. And, you can only get fertilized eggs if you have a rooster (or roosters) with your hens. So, if you want to get chicks, then you will need a rooster.
So, if you do not need roosters to lay eggs, why would you want a rooster?
First, roosters tend to be much more colorful and flashy than hens. So, if you want really striking looking birds in your flock, you may want to add a rooster or two.
Also, as mentioned above, while chickens can lay eggs without roosters, in order to get fertilized eggs you need a rooster. So, if you want to hatch your own chicks, you will also want a rooster.
Additionally, roosters are good flock protectors. They will help ward off potential predators. We actually had one of our boys defend his girls against a predator one night – he was almost killed, but he kept all of his girls safe and we were able to nurse him back to health.
So, even though the answer to the question – do roosters lay eggs – is no. There are several reasons you may still want to consider adding a rooster to your flock.