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2 sussex and 1 silkie hens, should i get a silkie rooster too?

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I have 2 sussex hens, and 1 silkie hen. I was wanting to get a silkie rooster but I am afraid since I just have one other silkie he will try to mate with her the most. 

 

If I did get a rooster would it be best to get a silkie, or sussex or just a completely different breed? Or should I just keep it to only hens?

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Stick with only hens. A ratio of 3:1 is pretty low. Yes, the most docile and easy to mate hens will get over mated. If you're new to chickens or have never had a rooster before definitely think long and hard about whether you want one. Roosters can be challenging and come with a bunch of particular behaviors that don't always end up fitting in with every chicken owners plans--even sometimes the docile breeds. If you don't feel comfortable living with or disposing of a loud, territorial, and aggressive bird then don't get a rooster because they don't come with guarantees.
Edited by TalkALittle - 9/27/15 at 6:30am
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