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12 4 week old chicks were relocated to my porch this past June. A kindergarten hatched them and needed a home at schools end. Yours truly brained stormed my sister a veteran hen keeper could use a dozen birds. Before I could say chicks she got wind of it and nixed the idea. Now they are all mine, six roosters and six hens. The state tested for diseases so I could move the roosters to a new home( not to be eaten home). They are clean. The boys are still here on probation for future behavior. We named all 12, hold them, use them for anxiety relief by listening to night cooing and watching daily antics. Taking one day at a time reading BYC info and checking the blog for experiences hands on.
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Six roosters and six hens. Wow, that may cause a few problems. I realize that they are "not" to be eaten but that may be way too many roosters.

 

Just letting you know so you are aware of potential problems such as fighting or over mated hens.

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You win some and lose some. When at first you don't succeed: try... try... try... try and try again.

 

How to Provide Emergency and Supportive Care        

Maintaining a Healthy Flock

Chicken Injuries & Diseases

Poop Chart 

Emergency Helpful References & Links

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post #3 of 7

Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on Free Spirit; I would strongly advise you to either re-home those roosters or get a lot more hens. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature and their hormones kick in, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. The only reason you really need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in that regard. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.  

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post #7 of 7

:welcome I'm glad you joined our community!

 

I agree with the other posters: unless your roosters are kept separate from the hens, the hens are going to get very stressed out from overmating/harassing. 

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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