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How Many Hens per Rooster

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I have White Leghorns and would like to hatch some eggs.  How many hens can 1 rooster service effectively?

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10 to 12 hens per rooster is a good rule of thumb. smile

post #3 of 6

I think the average would be around 10.  I have a book on raising chickens, but I'm not at home so I don't have it available.

I think bantams are fewer, and some may be up to 13, but the average is around 10.

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I have a white leghorn rooster and he is with 6 hens right now,but he wants more D

I heard 10 to 12 hens to One rooster was average.

4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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post #5 of 6

Yeah i was reading it all depends on the breed and the energy of the rooster. Some may do fine with a few hens while others would
be too much for a few hens and he could wear all the back feathers off.  It is a balance between making sure he is not giving them too much attention and not having so many hens that eggs are not all fertile.

Dan in Pacific Northwest
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post #6 of 6

For the Mediterranan breeds like Leghorns, the ratio is 10-15 hens per rooster.
For the heavier dual purpose breeds, like RIR's, it's 8-10.

Peace... David
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Peace... David
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