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Poll Results: How many cocks/cockerels do you have?

 
  • 31% (5)
    1
  • 25% (4)
    2
  • 12% (2)
    3-5
  • 18% (3)
    6-10
  • 6% (1)
    11-15
  • 6% (1)
    16-20
  • 0% (0)
    21-25
  • 0% (0)
    26-50
  • 0% (0)
    51-100
  • 0% (0)
    101+
16 Total Votes  
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post

What year? What time of year? The numbers change so much so often it’s hard to answer.

My main coop is 8’ x 12’ with a 12’ x 32’ run plus about 45’ x 90’ inside electric netting. I also have a 4’ x 8’ grow-out coop at the far end of the main run and another 4’ x 8’ coop sitting in the netting area. My main laying/breeding flock is one rooster with 6 to 8 hens. Currently I have 1 rooster, 6 hens and 2 POL pullets.

Last spring I brought in 18 cockerels with no pullets and raised them with the main flock to decide which would be this year’s flock master. I started putting the rejects in the freezer at 18 weeks and made my final decision and went to just one cockerel at 25 weeks. So one rooster, one fairly developed cockerel, and seven hens at that point.

A later hatch gave me 2 pullets and 7 cockerels that grew up with the flock. Those cockerels all made it to the freezer at about 25 weeks so I had the one rooster, the older cockerel, six hens at that time, plus the two pullets and 7 cockerels.

The previous year an incubator hatch gave me 14 pullets and 7 cockerels that were treated the same as the above. It varies tremendously year by year and by time of year, but the main flock is 1 adult rooster and 6 to 8 hens in a lot of room.

Since I moved here and got chickens in 2008 I’ve had three barebacked hens. I ate them and the problem went away. Yes, that reduced the hen to rooster ratio but the other hens did not develop bare backs. Their offspring did not either. When I have a problem I try to determine if it is a flock problem or an individual chicken problem before I treat the problem. I determined that was an individual chicken problem, brittle feathers in the hens probably because of a genetic inability to properly process certain nutrients, and removed the individuals in question before they could breed. It reoccurred once when I brought in a new rooster for genetic diversity.

I try to keep one dominant rooster with the flock at all times. When the cockerels mature to the point they start bothering the hens, the hens just run to the rooster. He sorts things out. I occasionally see a little feather loss in some of the hens but nothing approaching bare back status.

I have one hen from last Spring that just cannot keep feathers on. She is the only barebacked hen I have even with as many boys as I have. She still has not molted, just grew one single little feather on her bare back. She is a scrawny hatchery White Rock (but one of my favorites), and her feathers have always been very brittle and dull and she loves protein. She looks terrible, with only a few tail feathers and feather loss even on her stomach. She has looked this way since she was about eight months old. She also has always laid soft shelled, spotted, wrinkled, odd shaped eggs... I have one daughter from her whose father was my Black Jersey Giant and she has nice feathers.

 

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   40 waxing and waning free-range birds.
 I truly love animals, both male and female, large and small, regardless of how important humans may shallowly deem them.
I will always miss my Dovey Love.
 
 
 
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post #22 of 26
I have 2 cockerels with my 13 pullets. The alpha is a buff laced Polish. The beta is a Salmon Faverolles. I think the laid back personality of the SF lets them live together with no fighting. They are in a 48 square foot coop that I built to house 12. The enclosed run is 120 sq. ft. However, they also have an area of about 1,000 sq. ft. that is enclosed with electric poultry netting.
post #23 of 26

I have 3 roo's with maybe 17 hens.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #24 of 26

i am happy,the hens are beng submisive to the roosters,well one.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #25 of 26
1 silver laced wynadette with about 8 girls rainbow flock. I've decided to rehome him. He's sweet and gentle but I don't like my girls harassed.
post #26 of 26

1 Swedish Flower cockerel with 12 hens and pullets of various breeds.  Coop:  10 x 14 feet.   No fenced run, as they free-range.  

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