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Do I need a cockerel for my hens to lay eggs?
9:38pm Monday 25th June 2012 in Q&A
No, you don't, your hens will lay regardless of whether the eggs are fertile or not. If you don't breed and you want to dispense with noisy crowing, then don't have a cockerel. It's particularly unnecessary to have a cockerel if you are keeping hybrid hens for laying.