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How many hens per rooster is a good mix to keep all happy?

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I bought 10 "hens" from 2 local feed & seeds.  5 different breeds, 2 each breed.  Everything was going great until age of 6 weeks, and one of my Ameracaunas starts acting weird, running up to one of my Marans, flaring out her neck feathers and pecking her on the head.  Well, turns out the Ameracauna is a roo!  He is a pretty thing too!  Dark reddish brown feathers mixed in with the white and black, gorgeous George I call him now.  THEN, last week I noticed the Maran that the roo was chasing after, she is also a roo!  He has lots of very white spots on black and is sporting a nice comb and starting to grow wattles, is that the term?  So the two roos are trying to determine who will be king roo, I guess.  I have also noticed, at night in their coop, each of the roos has 4 hens each in their chosen spots in the coop.  Even out in their run, they seem to segregate themselves into the two groups.  Since their run is 20 feet wide by 60 feet long, I am thinking that should be enough room for everyone to get along, right?  I mean, I know there will be pecking and some mild fighting to establish dominance and all that, but I have already had to pull GGeorge off one hen.  I had a come to Jesus meeting with him in the yard and he calmed down the rest of the day.  He keeps his eye on me when I am in their run and keeps his distance.  After all this, here is my question....If either of the roos gets too mean, or causes too much ruckus, and I do not want to kill them and eat them, is there someone out there in the Florida Panhandle area that might want a rooster?  Gorgeous George is on the left and the Maran rooster is on the right.  They are both pretty boys and I really don't want to get rid of either of them, but I also want a flock that gets along.  I am too old to be chasing roosters all over the yard, if you know what I mean. So if you live in the vicinity of Pensacola, stay in touch and I will be posting later if I have a rooster or two that need to be rehomed!!!!

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You might want to go to the "Where Am I? Where Are You!" section of the forum and find the Florida thread and post this there. You can't move the post, but you could ask one of the mods to. 

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Thank you so much!  Was not aware of that.  New to all this!  Thanks again!

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Craigslist is another option for getting rid of unwanted cockerels.

 

But.........George is an Easter Egger, a cross breed often inaccurately labeled by hatcheries and others, he's not an Ameraucana.......

.......just so you don't falsely advertise his 'breed'.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Oh my!  I was told he was an Ameracauna.  What is an Easter Egger?

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Would the hen in front of George in the picture also be an Easter Egger then?, since we got them at the same time

and they were both listed as Ameracauna.

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