I guess this is the right place to post this, as getting chicks is kinda my concern :-)
I've always heard 1 roo for every 10 hens. But, I tried that with Silkies once (Had 2 roos and 20 hens) and had very low egg fertility. Then I read you need more roos per hens if you plan on hatching the eggs. It didn't say how many though.
Now, I'm getting out of most of my breeds, keeping just a few. For Polish and Silkies I have one roo, and three hens.
I'm getting mostly into Seramas.
When I went to a breeder to get some more, he told me that Seramas need more roos than other breeds if you want fertile eggs because of their small size. So low and behold, I got two roos from him when I only meant to get hens for the two roos I already had (I just had two hens) Now I have 8 hens and 4 roos. The boys all get along, and don't seem to be rough on the hens.
My question is, is this ratio okay? Is it true I need the extra roos if I want high fertility? These are great quality birds, and aside from being pets, breeding is their main purpose. So I definitely want the eggs to be fertile.
Are the 4 roos gonna be too much stress on the 8 girls once they get a little older and more serious?