Originally Posted by CPrie25
Ok so I'm thinking about raising chickens for eggs! If you don't mind I have a couple questions
1. Can I have 2-3 different breeds along with 1 rooster of these kinds of hens? Like should I keep the breeds and rooster separate from the other breeds?
2. If I take and close in about 1-1.5 acres and let my chickens roam, is that free range or no?
3. What is 2-3 good docile laying hens with good production too stay with
That's a couple for now! Thanks guys!
Answers to your questions:
1. Yes, you can have different breeds with a rooster for each breed. If you don't want to end up with mixed breed offspring, you will have to keep each individual breed with its rooster separate from the other breeds. Otherwise your roosters will interbreed with the different breeds of hens. Also, keep in mind that 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 (or too few hens for a rooster) 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. Practically speaking that means if you're going to keep the breeds separate, for each breed of rooster you will need 10 hens of the same breed.
2. Yes, letting them roam on on 1-1.5 acres is free-ranging as opposed to keeping them in enclosed runs.
3. Breeds that have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle and good layers include Australorps, Orpingtons, Brahmas, Sussex, and Faverolles. If egg production is a priority, Australorps are the best layers on this list. Of course, keep in mind that there can always be an exception with any breed.
Hope this helps.