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Originally Posted by QueenMisha View Post

The Speckled Sussex is absolutely a cockerel. The RIR and Australorp on the ground look to be cockerels as well. The RIR and Australorp on the crate look like pullets.

The correct ratio is 8-10 hens per cock. So for 3 cocks you would need 25-30 hens.

Cockerels raised together won't fight much. There might be an eventual tussle, in which one will come out on top as the dominant male. He will prevent the others from mating the hens when he is around and may force them to wait to eat until after he and his hens are done.
I also agree.
Edited by Rhodebar Lover - 12/30/15 at 5:58pm
1 Marans cross, 2 Silkie crosses, 3 Australorps, 3 Easter Eggers, 4 Rhodebars, 1 Golden Cuckoo Marans, 1 Gold Laced Brahma, 1 Cream Legbar, 1 English Orpington bantam, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, 2 Silver Pencilled Plymouth Rocks, 5 White Crested Black Polish, and 4 heritage Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. I also can't forget our two mixed breed cats, Figaro and J.J. and our American Golden...
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1 Marans cross, 2 Silkie crosses, 3 Australorps, 3 Easter Eggers, 4 Rhodebars, 1 Golden Cuckoo Marans, 1 Gold Laced Brahma, 1 Cream Legbar, 1 English Orpington bantam, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, 2 Silver Pencilled Plymouth Rocks, 5 White Crested Black Polish, and 4 heritage Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. I also can't forget our two mixed breed cats, Figaro and J.J. and our American Golden...
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agree with Queen Misha

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post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by newchickenmummy View Post
 

Thanks so much for your responses! You guys are so helpful!

That's great news that the Australorp is a hen! Yay! :yesss: The other Speckled Sussex looks just like the one in the photo, so definitely a cockerel. So we have 4 cockerels and 2 hens. The Australorp and RIR cock are really chilled though and the Australorp particularly is quite beta. It's mainly the Speckled Sussex bros who we may need to watch out for. We'll see how things turn out in a few weeks and if we need to contact the seller, set up a bachelor pad or distribute the cockerels between my parents and us. Don't want the poor hens to get bullied.

 

If we introduce more hens, when would be the best time and age to do this?

 

Thanks again guys and wishing you all a happy new year!

Happy New Year to you as well! I agree with @QueenMisha, ones that are about the same age should be introduced to the hens. 

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2 Barred Rocks, 4 White Leghorns, 6 Light Brahmas, and 3 Partridge Rocks

"There are two types of (people) in this world;
those who want to be astronauts,
and those who want to be astronomers."


- Dr. Alan Grant, Jurassic Park III
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post #14 of 14
Agree
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