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Answered 2011-08-08 03:51:09

If the rooster was around a week before the eggs were laid then, yes, they can be hatched. But if there has never been a rooster around then, sorry, there can't be any chicks.

You can buy already fertilized eggs for chickens to sit on and hatch even if you don't have a rooster.

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