Rooster Detection

A helpful hint on detecting rooster eggs.

| April/May 2001

Detecting Rooster Eggs

Follow this tip to keep roosters out of your coop!

Photo courtesy Tim UR/Fotolia

Although I raised chickens for many years, I never knew this helpful hint until my farmer neighbor told me. When your hen is sitting on eggs in her nest and you don't want any new roosters around, remove any eggs that come to a point. These are the male eggs. Let the hen hatch only the rounded eggs and they will all be females — no roosters in that batch!

mother earth news fair


More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, inspirational keynotes, and great food!