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Hens vs. Roos

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I have 25 hens and 6 Roosters. (All but one Roo are young - approx. 3 months old). Question is: how many Roosters can I have with this amount of Hens? There have been no issues yet, and if all goes well I have room for more Hens as well if I need to up my numbers in order to have all the roosters remain happy!
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Recommended is minimum 8-10 hens per rooster, so 2-3, they won't start causing trouble until 4-6 months old, then they will start bothering the pullets, I usually will separate the troublemakers out, penning them where they still can be seen, sometimes rotating who's out and about.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Depends......

on how much space you have in coop and run/free range.

on the disposition of individual birds.

on what your goals are, why feed extra males if you don't need them for breeding?

 

I eat my extra cockerels from hatching for replacement layers.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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