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So I bought a rooster for breeding. I have him in quaratine in another coop that is 300 feet away from my main coop where I have 30 hens.

 

I am going to put some "sacrificial" hens in with him to make sure he is not a carrier of anything. I am willing to sacrifice anywhere from 4-5 hens if I have to. 

 

My worries are over breeding and hurting my hens if there is not enough for him to mate with.

 

How many would you put in with him?

 

Thank you in advance.

-Rebecca
Mom to 2 beautiful daughters, Molly the pug, Honey Bunny the rabbit, Rosi the Boston Terrier, 28 chickens and 4 ducks.
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-Rebecca
Mom to 2 beautiful daughters, Molly the pug, Honey Bunny the rabbit, Rosi the Boston Terrier, 28 chickens and 4 ducks.
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post #2 of 8

I would put 3-5 hens in with him at a time.

Typically I would put only 5 in his pen every week.

What kind of roo is he?

And is he willing to mate with hens?

 

BCP

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He is an Easter Egger that is a year old. I am not sure if he is willing to mate or not. But he does call out to my hens quite often from his coop.
-Rebecca
Mom to 2 beautiful daughters, Molly the pug, Honey Bunny the rabbit, Rosi the Boston Terrier, 28 chickens and 4 ducks.
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-Rebecca
Mom to 2 beautiful daughters, Molly the pug, Honey Bunny the rabbit, Rosi the Boston Terrier, 28 chickens and 4 ducks.
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Originally Posted by crazyhatlady View Post

He is an Easter Egger that is a year old. I am not sure if he is willing to mate or not. But he does call out to my hens quite often from his coop.

Than he is courting

Does he dabble? ( Dabble means freezing over a piece of food, and making a certain noise to get the hens attention.

 

BCP

post #5 of 8
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Oh yes. Every time I throw him a little scratch or finds something in the run.

-Rebecca
Mom to 2 beautiful daughters, Molly the pug, Honey Bunny the rabbit, Rosi the Boston Terrier, 28 chickens and 4 ducks.
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-Rebecca
Mom to 2 beautiful daughters, Molly the pug, Honey Bunny the rabbit, Rosi the Boston Terrier, 28 chickens and 4 ducks.
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Originally Posted by crazyhatlady View Post
 

Oh yes. Every time I throw him a little scratch or finds something in the run.

Well hopefully he will start making it happen soon

 

Good Luck

 

BCP

post #7 of 8

He shouldn't hurt the hens, if he us doing the 'food call' making a noise over some food, he is being a gentlemen and letting them have the food he found. :)

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

-Winnie the Pooh

 

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Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

-Winnie the Pooh

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-byc-friends

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Thank you BCP and RodNTN .

-Rebecca
Mom to 2 beautiful daughters, Molly the pug, Honey Bunny the rabbit, Rosi the Boston Terrier, 28 chickens and 4 ducks.
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-Rebecca
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