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Rooster being a rooster???!?

post #1 of 6
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I have a 15 week old Rhode Island Red rooster with 5 hens the same age and one older hen about a year and a 1/2 and she's definitely the boss. I'm just wondering when my rooster is going to challenge her or even start acting like a rooster??
post #2 of 6

Likely 20 -25 weeks. By then, you may need more hens.

 

Since they started with this age differential, she may still dominate him for quite a while.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 5/26/16 at 12:30pm

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post #3 of 6
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How many more hens? And what's the rational behind it? I'm pretty new to this
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
As well as when will the rooster be full grown?
post #5 of 6

RIRs are mature by 20 weeks but roosters may continue to grow for another couple months.

 

The rationale is that as a rule of thumb you need 10 hens per rooster for LF and a few more hens for light breeds. I run fewer with each rooster but they end up scratching a lot of feathers off the backs of their favorites.

If you have bareback hens, you need more hens or occasionally separate the rooster.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Okay thank you so much
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